How to find poetic meter

25 thoughts on “How to find poetic meter

  1. I don't agree about the metric pattern of the line from Browning's A Toccata of Galuppi's. It's actually four feet of four syllables, with two unstressed syllables at the start and a big caesura at the end. That's how Browning wanted it to flow. Treating it as 8 x 2 syllables is clumsy and misses the rhythm of the phrasing.

  2. Honestly the most helpful video on YouTube you can find about metre in poetry. The others where just awful… Except for the TedTalk one about iambic metre. Thank you!

  3. lol, this is so technical. As long as it sounds good, I think I'll be fine. We all have an innate sense of rhythm anyway.

  4. Hi That Guy. A few questions. One, who came up with this mode of analysis of poetic rhythm? Do people use it when analyzing poetry in other languages? Was it applied to Classical Poetry in classical times? Also, does anyone ever talk about primary and secondary stresses in feet or lines of poetry? Thank you for your help.

  5. I've never actually understood how meters, feet, stressed, and unstressed syllables worked until the 12th grade lmao. Never truly grasped the idea, since to me the sounds can be stressed or unstressed if a human being puts emphasis or lacks emphasis on a certain syllable. That and I've never needed to know this for a test/exam. Still, helpful though.

  6. This was super super helpful! I've a test on scansion tomorrow and this is the first time I've been able to almost successfully find rhythm and meter. THANK YOU!

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