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What are the stressed and unstressed syllables in the poem, "The Eagle"?

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To find stressed and unstressed syllables, you have to listen carefully to yourself as you read the verses, preferably aloud. Which syllables, not words, do you emphasize? For instance, consider your own name. Let's say it's Tyler. Do you pronounce it TY-ler or Ty-LER? Or look at another word like eagle; do you say EA-gle or ea-GLE? The goal is to read a line as normally as possible.

Mark the stressed syllables. Usually a foot (or unit) of poetry has one stressed syllable;...

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