POETIC METRE-GREETER – a really awful guide to prosody*

Poet tree in Motion

When groups of beats in poems are put,
Then each such group is called a
IT ADS’ for naming feet you seek: –
I am fits in with I am beak,                               [Iamb; Iambic]
make To-row-cake,              [Trochee; Trochaic]
with An’-a-pest-tick,          [Anapaest; Anapaestic]
best onto Duck-till-ick;                 [Dactyl; Dactylic]
, re-Spondi-ng with such break,  Spondee; also take Spondaic.

Iam/bic  let/us  now /pa rade/
Its stress/ each se/cond  beat/ is made/
Trochee/ should re/verse it/ –
Thus you/ would re/hearse it!/
A na
paest/ic has two/ weak and one/ that is strong/
An’ a
test/  you have messed/ if you stressed/ this one wrong!/
Dac tyl the/stress is done/ back ward ly/
Def in ite/ strongweak-weak/tack, you see?/
Spon dee?/ Strict test/
Such pairs – / both stressed!/


The metrical line is the number of feet
And, added to
metre, these terms you will meet:
One is
mono, two are di,
And with three you put in tri;
is tetra, penta five,
Hexa, six will bring alive;
And though seven is quite rare,
Septa you would put in there. 

*Prosody: the patterns of rhythm and sound used in poetry.

© Colonialist September 2013 (WordPress) (Revised from 24.com)



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20 Responses to POETIC METRE-GREETER – a really awful guide to prosody*

  1. Harmony says:

    You are far too clever for the likes of us mere mortals – we are not worthy! 🙂


  2. ‘Twould be good if I could make sense. Lunchtime blog visiting: my mind on other things. Apologies. Should read: “So glad you decided to repost.”


  3. Peerless, Col 😀 So glad to decided to repost. Off to share widely


  4. That haiga is my cup of tea. Having lost Word on my computer I can no longer put in WordArt curves. I will gloss over the glossary – Been there, done that….


  5. bulldog says:

    Got a little lost in this one…


  6. Pussycat44 says:

    Now you took me back to my Matric English lessons.


  7. nrhatch says:

    Nope . . . you lost me. 😕


  8. disperser says:

    my eyes glazed over and and I moved on.

    Poetry and me . . . no can be


  9. adinparadise says:

    I’m sure this is brilliant, Col, but I’m almost speechless! Does Rap music abide by the same rules?


  10. The Asian says:

    Well, that’s my mind exercises done for the day


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