103 Metrical Feet
103. WHAT ARE METRICAL FEET?
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  • A Metrical Foot is a single unit of measurement that is repeated within a line of poetry. Metrical Feet are made up of STRESSED And UNstressed syllables. All the Metrical Feet that are used in English poetry and verse have exactly one STRESSED syllable and one or two UNstressed syllables. Metrical Feet are the structured building blocks that make up Meter.

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IAMB

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IAMB: A Metrical Foot consisting of one UNstressed syllable followed by one STRESSED syllable. An Iamb does not have to be a word.  But it must be exactly two syllables, so it can be one word, or two.

re  WARD      de LAY       in VENT     o VERT    in CASE   for  LORN

ANAPEST

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in  the  LIGHT       of  the MOON     ov  er  HILL    ov  er  DALE

TROCHEE

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STOR ies    BA by     CHICK  en   SNOD grass

Dactyl

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SUD  den  ly     DIF  fi  cult    DEV  a  state    MIS  er  y

 

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