Different kinds of meter used in poetry

Iambic

One Unstressed/unaccented syllable followed by one stressed/accented syllable is called iambic. (x, -)

Example: the gun, that time, behold etc.

Trochaic

One Stressed/accented syllable followed by one unstressed/unaccented syllable is called Trochaic. (-, x)

Example: deadline, numbers, tell me etc.

Anapestic

Two unstressed/unaccented syllables followed by one stressed/accented syllable are called Anapestic. (x, x, -)

Example: of a voice, of the world etc.

Dactylic

One stressed/accented syllable followed by two unstressed/unaccented syllables is called Dactylic. (-, -, x)

Example: murmuring, just for a etc.

Spondaic

Spondaic consists of two stressed/accented syllables. (-,-)

Example: true blue, heartbreak etc.



Monometer

A line of poetry consists of a single meter of any kind is called monometer.

Dimeter

A line of poetry consists of a two meters of any kind is called Dimeter.

Trimeter

A line of poetry consists of a three meters of any kind is called trimeter.

Tetrameter

A line of poetry consists of a four meters of any kind is called tetrameter.

Pentameter

A line of poetry consists of a five meters of any kind is called Pentameter.

Hexameter

A line of poetry consists of a six meters of any kind is called Hexameter.

Heptameter

A line of poetry consists of a seven meters of any kind is called Heptameter.

Octameter

A line of poetry consists of a eight meters of any kind is called Octameter.


Note: If a line of poetry consists of single iambic meter it is called iambic monometer.
If a line of poetry consists of two iambic meter it is called iambic dimeter.
If a line of poetry consists of five iambic meter it is called iambic pentameter.



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