Metrical feet
˘ ˘ pyrrhus, dibrach
˘ ¯ iamb
¯ ˘ trochee, choree
¯ ¯ spondee
˘ ˘ ˘ tribrach
¯ ˘ ˘ dactyl
˘ ¯ ˘ amphibrach
˘ ˘ ¯ anapest, antidactylus
˘ ¯ ¯ bacchius
¯ ¯ ˘ antibacchius
¯ ˘ ¯ cretic, amphimacer
¯ ¯ ¯ molossus
Number of feet per line
one Monometer
two Dimeter
three Trimeter
four Tetrameter
five Pentameter
six Hexameter
seven Heptameter
eight Octameter
See main article for tetrasyllables.
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Dimeter, in poetry, means a line or lines of verse consisting of two metrical feet.

Iambic dimeterEdit


"Dust of Snow" by Robert Frost, an example of iambic dimeter



The WAY // a CROW
Shook DOWN // on ME
The DUST // of SNOW
From a HEM- // -lock TREE
Has GIV- // -en my HEART
And SAVED // some PART
Of a DAY // I had RUED.

Trochaic dimeter Edit

Spinning, whirling,
Still descending,
Like a spiral
Sea, unending
(Neil Peart, "Cygnus X-1 (Book 3)")


SPINning // WHIRLing
LIKE a / SPIral
SEA un/ENDing

Dactylic dimeterEdit

Take her up tenderly,
Lift her with care,
Fashioned so slenderly,
Young and so fair.
(Thomas Hood, "The Bridge of Sighs")


TAKE her up / TENderly,
LIFT her with / CARE,
FASHioned so / SLENderly,
YOUNG and so / FAIR.

Number of feet per lineEdit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

Original Penny's Poetry Pages article, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License 3.0.

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