14 Answered Questions for the topic Meter
Is this sonnet in iambic pentameter?
I can’t be with you, not another night Even nothing makes something more than you My freedom, leaving you, my only light A window, glass, with no way to come through The way I had felt towards you... more
What is the metrical style of Hungarian poetry?
While [reading about](https://www.jstor.org/stable/40142205?seq=2#metadata_info_tab_contents) Hungarian poetry, I [came... more
Significance of rising/falling meter?
If I am analyzing a poem and I realize that it has rising meter, what does that say about the poem. Like do happy tone poems have rising meters whereas sad poems have falling meter?
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... more
4/4 vs 3/4 time signatures?
I'm new to music theory so I'm sorry if my question is trivial. Is it correct to say that, in practice, the only difference between 4/4 vs. 3/4 time signatures is where the accents are located? To... more
A break in the 5-7-5-7-7 meter?
So I was reading about Waka poetry and then about the tanka meter, when I came across several poems by Ono no Komachi and Narihira. The ついにゆく poem from Narihira has 8 syllables rather than 7 in the... more
Meter and number of syllables per line in "The Raven"?
After reading some analysis of "The Raven", I've become confused about how syllables are counted. For example, in the second line: *Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore* A... more
Were all of Shakespeare's plays fully in iambic pentameter?
Were the plays within The Complete Works of Shakespeare entirely in iambic pentameter? I seem to recall singing bits (when there were lyrics) from Twelfth Night and definitely from Much Ado About... more
Analysis of a self-written stanza in terms of meter?
A long time ago I used to write poetry, and there was one particular stanza that has always stuck with me and seemed inherently rhythmic, but I’m not familiar with the relevant terminology and so... more
Why did Shakespeare write in iambic pentameter?
Shakespeare is incredibly famous for writing a lot in iambic pentameter. But why did he choose to write in this specific style of having ten beats and 5 stressed syllables per line? Considering... more
Confused about the meter and rhythm of Ulysses by Tennyson?
Ulysses is written in iambic pentameter. There are a few spondees and trochees thrown in for good measure, but I'm confused in some places, like here: > I cannot rest from travel: I will drink... more
How can prose be musical?
Prof. Brooks Landon, U. Iowa, [Ph.D. U. Texas at Austin](https://english.uiowa.edu/people/brooks-landon). *Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read* (Great... more
How does scansion work in Arabic poetry?
I was reading about Arabic poetry on [Wikipedia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabic_poetry), and specifically the description of scansion: > The rhymed poetry falls within fifteen different... more