How would you best descibe the meter of the poem "In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet" by Anne Bradstreet?
Anne Bradstreet's "In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet" is a poignant poem which testifies to her Christian faith in the eternal love of her God no matter what evil may befall her. Her grand daughter who is only three years and seven months is dead but she accepts it uncomplainingly, reconciled to the fact every thing in this world is impermanent and that she will meet her grand daughter when she goes to heaven after her own death.
The meter of this poem is iambic pentameter.
Pentameter means a line of five feet, that is, each line is made up of ten syllables. You can count the number of syllables by reading any line aloud and counting the number of vowels. The number of vowels is equal to the number of syllables.
The rhythm is iambic meaning the first syllable is unstressed and the second syllable is stressed. For example in the line
And buds new blown to have so short a date,
The syllables which have been highlighted are the stressed syllables, that is, they are pronounced more loudly than the syllables which are not highlighted.
Since there are five iambs in this line the line is scanned as "IAMBIC PENTAMETER."