Alliterative Meter (also called Anglo-Saxon meter, Old English meter, strong-stress meter)
4 stresses/line with a caesura (pause) in the middle where 3 of the 4 stresses are usually alliterated.
Alliteration usually occurs across the caesura (on stresses 2&3) linking one hemistich (half of the group of 4 stresses) to the next.
Alliteration here can include consonants and/or vowels.
Often uses Parallelism and Kennings – figurative expressions used repetitively such as “whale road” instead of sea or “earth shaker” instead of Poseidon.
Conveys physical force and/or fighting in a powerful and memorable manner.