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Accentual-Syllabic Meter

Accentual-Syllabic Meter (also called Syllabic-Stress Meter)

A rhythmic pattern based on a regular count of both syllables and accents (stresses) in a line of poetry.

Iambic Pentameter = 10 syllables and 5 accents per line.

Specifics of Accentual-Syllabic Meter depend on:

1. Type of foot (an arrangement of stressed and unstressed syllables)

2. Number of feet per line

Types of FEET:

uu/ anapest anapestic (ascertain)

/uu dactyl dactylic (par asol)

u/ iamb iambic (debate)

uu pyrrhic (of a)

// spondee spondaic (fast food)

/u trochee trochaic (cro cus)

/ monosyllabic foot (hit)

u feminine ending (extra unstressed syllable) (last syllable of demand ing)

FEET per LINE

1. monometer

2. dimeter

3. trimeter

4. tetrameter

5. pentameter

6. hexameter

7. heptameter

8. octameter

Duple Meter = 2 syllabic feet (iambic and trochic).

Triple Meter = 3 syllabic feet (anapestic and dactylic).

Most common Accentual-Syllabic Meter = Iambic.

Most common line length = pentameter (5).