Types of Meters in Poetry
A meter in writing is a rhythm of accented and unaccented syllables organized into feet, aka patterns. The following flashcards describe the most common meters in literature.
A foot which starts with an unaccented and ends with an accented (stressed) syllable. It is the most common meter in the English Language and naturally falls into everyday conversation.
A foot (opposite of an iambic meter) that begins with an accented then followed by an unaccented syllable.
A foot which has two unaccented stllables followed by an accented syllable.
A foot including an accented syllable followed by two unaccented syllables.
A foot consisting of two accented syllables
A foot including two unaccented syllables, generally used to vary rhythm.
"to BE or NOT to BE" ~ Shakespeare's Hamlet
"DOUBLE, double, TOIL and TROUBLE." ~ Shakespeare's Macbeth
"I arise and unbuild it again." ~ Shelley's Cloud