Poetic Feet Examples

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Last updated: December 4, 2019

Iamb
“All I could see from where I stood; Was three long mountains and a wood.” — Millay

Trochee
“Double, double, toil and trouble; Fir burn and cauldron bubble.” — Shakespeare

Anapest
“The Assyrian came down like a wolf on the foldAnd his cohorts were gleaming in purple and goldAnd the sheen of their spears was like stars on the seaWhen the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee.” — Byron

Dactyl
“Picture yourself in a boat on a river withtangerine trees and marmalade skies.” — The Beatles

Spondee
“…as yet but knock, | breathe, shine | and seek to mend.” — Donne

Pyrrhic or Dibrach
“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,But I have | promises | to keep,And miles to go before I sleep,And miles to go before I sleep.” — Frost

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