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How does the meter in "" reflect the meaning?

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The poem uses two distinct rhythms. It uses dactyl (each foot is one hard stressed beat followed by two soft beats: DUM da da) and trochee (each foot is one hard stress followed by a soft beat DUM da). The first four lines would be read like this:

DUM da da DUM da da DUM da DUM da

DUM da da DUM da DUM da DUM

DUM da da DUM da DUM da DUM

DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da

The meter is tetrameter. This is four feet per line. So this poem uses dactylic and trochaic tetrameter.

One significant use of tetrameter is that it uses four beats per measure. In...

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