Asked • 06/13/19

Is there a name for version of trochaic tetrameter with lines of 8|7|8|7 syllables?

Is there a name for the meter used in Clementine: Drove she ducklings to the water Every morning just at nine Struck her foot against a splinter Fell into the foaming brine or in Schiller's Ode to Joy: Freude, schöner Götterfunken, Tochter aus Elysium, Wir betreten feuertrunken, Himmlische, dein Heiligtum! Most descriptions I've seen of trochaic tetrameter don't mention the possibility of the lost syllable on alternate lines.

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Lorri sue B. answered • 02/16/20

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