Poetry 1: List 1

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Accentual-syllabic verse
Counting the number of syllables and the number of stressed syllables.

(anything metered)

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Accentual Meter
Verse meter based on the number of stresses per line, not the number of syllables.

Syllabic Verse
Verse measured by the number of syllables rather than the number of feet per line.

Vers Libre
Unrhymed verse without a consistent metrical pattern.

Foot
A metrical unit in poetry; a syllabic measure of a line: iamb, trochee, anapest, dactyl, and spondee.

Meter
A regular pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry.

Accent
To say (part of a word) with greater stress or force.

Scansion
Analysis of verse into metrical patterns.

Dimeter
A line of verse consisting of two metrical feet.

Trimeter
A line of verse consisting of three metrical feet.

Tetrameter
a verse line having four metrical feet.

Pentameter
A line of verse consisting of five metrical feet.

Hexameter
A line of verse containing six metrical feet.

Iamb
A metrical pattern in poetry which consists of five iambic feet per line. ba-BUM / ba-BUM / ba-BUM / ba-BUM / ba-BUM (an iamb, or iambic foot, consists of one unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable.)

Trochee
A metrical foot in which a stressed syllable is followed by an unstressed one. (FLOW-er)

Anapest
2 unstressed syllables followed by a stressed syllable. (in the WOODS)

Spondee
A metrical foot consisting of two syllables equally or almost equally accented. (true blue)

Phyrric
Two unstressed syllables (–); rare.

Dactyl
A foot of poetry consisting of a stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables.

(MURmuring)

Blank Verse
A line of poetry written in un-rhyming iambic pentameter.

Falling Rhythm
Feminine rhyme ending in unstressed last syllable of each foot.

Rising Rhyme
masculine rhyme ending in stressed last syllable of each foot.

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