Poetry with MeterI'm trying to find examples of poems that use specific types of meter and poetic "feet".  For iambic tetrameter, I show how Frost uses it in "Stopping By Woods...

Poetry with Meter

I'm trying to find examples of poems that use specific types of meter and poetic "feet".  For iambic tetrameter, I show how Frost uses it in "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening".  Poe uses trochaic octometer in "The Raven" and Shakespeare wrote his sonnets in iambic pentameter.  I need poems that feature the following:

dactyls

anapests

trimeter

hexameter

Does anyone have any suggestions?  Thanks!

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I really like that Coleridge poem, cybil! I always start teaching meter with John Masefield's "Sea Fever" which has a pleasing change of meter that is easy to spot and can be linked to meaning without too many problems. And he is also a famous poet who went to my school in the UK!

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Poetry with Meter

I'm trying to find examples of poems that use specific types of meter and poetic "feet".  For iambic tetrameter, I show how Frost uses it in "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening".  Poe uses trochaic octometer in "The Raven" and Shakespeare wrote his sonnets in iambic pentameter.  I need poems that feature the following:

dactyls

anapests

trimeter

hexameter

Does anyone have any suggestions?  Thanks!

 

Dactyls: Tennyson's "The Charge of the Light Brigade" and Hardy's "The Voice"

Anapests: Blake's "Ah Sun-flower"

Trimeter: Yeats' "The Tower," Blake's "Ah Sun-flower," Hardy's "The Man He Killed"

Hexameter: Yeats' "The Lake Isle of Innisfree"

Here is Coleridge's witty illustrative poem "Metrical Feet":

Trochee trips from long to short; 

From long to long in solemn sort

Slow Spondee stalks; strong foot! yet ill able

Ever to come up with Dactyl trisyllable.

Iambics march from short to long;---

With a leap and a bound the swift Anapests throng. 

   I recommend Helen Vendler's Poems, Poets, Poetry and Edward Hirsch's How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry as great sources of poems as well as information about them. 

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Susan Woodward | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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Thank you!  That helps a lot!  Anyone's else's input is also most welcomed!

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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Yuck, yuck, and more yuck! (Can you tell I don't like poetry?)

I did a search and found these for you:

Dactyl: "Evangeline" by Longfellow; "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by John Lennon

Anapest: "Annabel Lee" by Poe; "The Destruction of Sennacherib" by Byron; Dr. Seuss stories

Trimeter: "My Papa's Waltz" by Roethke; "The Divine Image" by Blake

Hexameter: "Miles Standish" by Longfellow. See Arthur Hugh Clough and Matthew Arnold; they were listed as poets who wrote in hexameter, but no titles were given.

http://www.bartleby.com/cgi-bin/texis/webinator/sitesearch?filter=colCamb-Hi&query=hexameters

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