Long meter, or long metre (also called long measure), is one of the most popular verse forms in the English language, used in both poetry and song lyrics.


Long meter consists of four-line stanzas, or quatrains, of iambic tetrameter with a cross rhyme (a-b-a-b) rhyme scheme.[1]

Long meter is similar to short meter, which consists of similarly rhyming quatrains of iambic trimeter; and to Common meter, which consists of similarly rhyming quatrains formed of alternating lines of iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter.

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  1. Long metre, Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica Inc. Web, May 3, 2015.

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