Poetry and Paragraphs: a 16-Week Course of Integrated Literature, Research, and Paragraph Writing for Middle School and Early High School


Types of Poetic Feet with Examples



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Types of Poetic Feet with Examples

Iambic (X / ): each iambic foot contains a short beat followed by a long beat.

X / | X / | X / | X /

Leaf fall, cat call, at day’s last light
Anapestic (X X / ): each anapestic foot contains two short beats followed by one long beat.

X X / | X X / | X X / |

And the beat of a hand on a drum
Trochaic ( / X ): one long beat followed by one short beat.

/ X | / X | / X | / X |



Running, jumping, singing loudly
Dactylic ( / X X)

/ X X | / X X | / X X



Eyes on the edge of the world to come

If this is all too confusing right now, remember that the most common poetic foot in English is the iamb, and that poets frequently write 5 iambs per line of poetry. The bottom line is that you will find ten syllables per line in an awful lot of poetry written in English.







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