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JOSIE'S POEMS

Metre in Poetry

By Josie Whitehead

Introduction to Metre/Rhythm in Poetry

 

Rhythm/metre can be described as the beat and pace of a poem. The rhythmic beat is created by the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line or verse. In modern poetry, line breaks, repetition and even spaces for silence can help to create rhythm. Rhythm can help to strengthen the meaning of words and ideas in a poem.

Let's look at some of them  in poetry now:

Iambic metre:

When a line of verse is composed of two-syllable units that flow from unaccented beat to an accented beat, the rhythmic pattern is said to be an iambic meter, ie i AM i AM i AM i AM

An ALLiGAtor SPENDS his LIFE,

A BOY called SAMuel SPENser SMILE

The EVEning SUN has DISaPPEARED;   

      It's BURNing TONGUE deVOURED our LIGHT.

Click below on poems:

1    The Baldicoot

2    The Route to School

3    At Ten Past Eight

4    Betty's Butty

5     Sundown

6     Angels in the Snow    

                      and many more

Trochaic metre

A trochee is the opposite of an iamb.  Therefore it has a heavy syllable followed by a light one: DUM di DUM di DUM di DUM di

LOUDly DRUMS beat IN the STREET;

LOUDly TAP shoes DANCE on FEET.
BELle BELle CAMpanEle

HEAR the THUNder, FEEL the RAIN

ROBert HURRied OFF to WORK

DADDy's HUNTing FOR his SHOES

NODding GENTly IN the BREEZE;
BATHED in RAIN beNEATH the TREES;

Click below on poems

1    Paint a Spring Picture

2    National Verbies Day

  A Summer Shower

4    Daffodils in the Rain

Anapaestic metre: (or Anapestic)

Anapestic metre is exactly as it sounds: an a PAEST, ie 2 short sounds followed by a heavy sound.

Let's look at  some anapaests in poetry now: 

When you GO to the SEAside just WHAT do you SEE?

Three WITCHes deCIDed to GO out for LUNCH - - -

As the TREE won’t need FOOD until SPRINGtime next YEAR - - -

Daddy's BIG black umBRELLa sat OUT in the HALL

Well I CAN'T think of ANy more POems for YOU.

Click below on poems

1    Seaside Sensations

 A House Full of Smellies

3   The Prettiest Insect

4   Your Five Important Senses  

5    Leaves

6   Daddy's Magic Umbrella

7     

Dactylic Metre

Dactyl - DAC-tyl-icSay it.  It is the opposite of an-a-PAEST.

Dactylic has a strong first beat followed by two lighter beats.  This metre is exactly like a waltz in music.  Dum di di DUM di di.

WORKing like MAD but then GETting low MARKS

HELPing my MUM in the KITchen each DAY

WALKing to SCHOOL in my SHINy new BOOTS

DANCing all NIGHT and then FEELing quite TIRED

UNder my BED lives a MONster you KNOW.

Click below on poems:

1    Embracing the World

2    My Favourite Wot-Nots

3    Diddledy Daddledy My Little Duck

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