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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Tetrameter, in poetry, means a line or lines of verse consisting of four metrical feet.

Iambic tetrameterEdit

Main article: Iambic tetrameter
Come live with me and be my Love,
And we shall all life's pleasures prove
(Christopher Marlowe , "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love")


Come LIVE / with ME / and BE / my LOVE.
And WE / shall ALL / life's PLEA/sures PROVE

Trochaic tetrameterEdit

Main article: Trochaic tetrameter
Double, double, toil and trouble,
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
(William Shakespeare, Macbeth).


DOUBle, // DOUBle, // TOIL and / TROUBle
FI-re / BURN and / CAULdron / BUBble.

Amphibrachic tetrameterEdit

It's four in the morning, the end of December
I'm writing you now just to see if you're better
(Leonard Cohen, "Famous Blue Raincoat")


It's FOUR in / the MORning, / the END of / DeCEMber
I'm WRITing / you NOW just / to SEE if / you're BETter

Anapestic tetrameterEdit

Main article: Anapestic tetrameter
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
(Clement Clarke Moore, "A Visit from St. Nicholas ")


'Twas the NIGHT / before CHRIST/mas and ALL / through the HOUSE
Not a CREA/ture was STIR//ring not E/ven a MOUSE.

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

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

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