What kind of meter did Dickinson write in, and why did she use it?I must write a poem in emily dickinson style, It must be 6-8 quatrains in length , uses her line length , Stress pattern (meter)...

What kind of meter did Dickinson write in, and why did she use it?

I must write a poem in emily dickinson style, It must be 6-8 quatrains in length , uses her line length , Stress pattern (meter) and rhyme scheme should also look like her works

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Emily Dickinson wrote in what is known as "common meter". Common meter includes alternating lines of iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter. Dickinson probably chose this meter because it was commonly used in church hymns and other songs of her time. It gave her poetry the lofty feeling found in church hymnals and can often be set to music. This makes the poetry fun to imitate. If you know any common church hymns like "Amazing Grace" or "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken" you can write your poem following the rhythms of those hymns. Don't forget to add slant rhymes, words that do not rhyme but almost rhyme. Good luck with your poem.

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