In Chudleigh's poem To The Ladies, how do I mrk syllables and seperate the feet with lines in these 4 sentences?him still must serve, him still obey and nothing act, and nothing say but what her...

In Chudleigh's poem To The Ladies, how do I mrk syllables and seperate the feet with lines in these 4 sentences?him still must serve, him still obey and nothing act, and nothing say but what her haughty lord thinks fit who with the power , has all the wit
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lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When you are trying to decifer meter, you need to read the poem out loud and listen for where you naturally place emphasis on a word or syllable of a word.  This poem is written with an iambic foot, so the predominant pattern is "unstressed -- stressed."  The meter is tetrameter, so you should be able to find four sets of the above pattern.  Below I have bolded the stressed syllable so that you can see the pattern:

Him still must serve, him still obey

and nothing act, and nothing say

In just these two lines of the four you mentioned you can see where the emphasis of speech lies, but this clearly serves to emphasize the ideas of the lines as well.  The meter draws even more attention to the repetition of the word still in the first line and makes it seem like an even heavier burden to "still" and "still" be an inferior position to the man.  The same thing happens with the repetition of the syllable "no" in the wording nothing, and for the same thematic purpose.