Use Meters in Poetry
Edited by Thor, Theodemae, Eng
Hello! Welcome to VisiHow. In this series of videos, we are exploring the playful world of poetry. In this particular video, we are going to focus on how to use meters in poetry
A meter is a unit of rhythm. It signals the beats used in the lines. Inside a meter there are feet made of individual foots. Each foot contains a certain number of syllables, normally two or three. The type of meter being used defines which syllables are stressed and unstressed.
Meters are used in poetry to give rhythm and musicality to words. The structure creates a flow which is pleasing to the ears when recited.
Here are examples of the different meters:
Iambic pentameter. This is one of the most popular meters in poetry so we have made a separate video to explain it. You can find a link to this video in the section below this one.
Trochee. With this meter the 1st syllable is stressed and the 2nd is unstressed. We have 'DA-dum' 'HO-tel', the 1st syllable is stressed and the 2nd is unstressed.
In spondee. The spondee meter, both syllables are stressed. 'AL-WAYS' 'DA-DUM', both syllables are stressed.
Dactyl. There are three syllables and the 1st syllable is stressed and the 2nd two syllables are not stressed. 'Da-da-dum' 'TO-mor-row'.
Anapest. We have three syllables. It the final syllable; the third syllable, that is stressed. 'Da-da-DUM' 'yes-ter-DAY'.
So we have the different meters and explanations of the different meters: Iambic pentameter, trochee, spondee, dactyl, anapest.
Now it's your turn. Try and use these different meters to make some poems. You can share them with us in the comment section below this video. In this section you can also leave any questions and you'll also find links to the other videos in this poetry series.
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