Meter terms (poetry unit)

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Last updated: December 11, 2019

Iamb
non-stressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable

Trochee
stressed syllable followed by a non-stressed syllable

Spondee
stressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable

Anapest
unstressed, unstressed, stressed

Dactyl
stressed, unstressed, unstressed

Monometer
one foot

Dimeter
two feet

Trimeter
three feet

tetrameter
four feet

pentameter
five feet

hexameter
six feet

heptameter
seven feet

octameter
eight feet

cup
unstressed syllable

accent
stressed syllable

foot
a unit comprised of stressed and non-stressed syllables

one iamb
iambic monometer

two iambs
iambic dimeter

three iambs
iambic trimeter

four iambs
iambic tetrameter

five iambs
iambic pentameter

six iambs
iambic hexameter

seven iambs
iambic heptameter

eight iambs
iambic octameter

one trochee
trochaic monometer

two trochees
trochaic dimeter

three trochees
trochaic trimeter

four trochees
trochaic tetrameter

five trochees
trochaic pentameter

six trochees
trochaic hexameter

seven trochees
trochaic heptameter

eight trochees
trochaic octameter

one spondee
spondaic monometer

two spondees
spondaic dimeter

three spondees
spondaic trimeter

four spondees
spondaic tetrameter

five spondees
spondaic pentameter

six spondees
spondaic hexameter

seven spondees
spondaic heptameter

eight spondees
spondaic octameter

one anapest
anapestic monometer

two anapests
anapestic dimeter

three anapests
anapestic trimeter

four anapests
anapestic tetrameter

five anapests
anapestic pentameter

six anapests
anapestic hexameter

seven anapests
anapestic heptameter

eight anapests
anapestic octameter

one dactyl
dactylic monometer

two dactyls
dactylic dimeter

three dactyls
dactylic trimeter

four dactyls
dactylic tetrameter

five dactyls
dactylic pentameter

six dactyls
dactylic hexameter

seven dactyls
dactylic heptameter

eight dactyls
dactylic octameter

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