What verse form is used in the poem "Junk" by Richard Wilbur?
Richard Wilbur, in his poem “Junk”, is reconstructing the strong stress meter of Old English verse. This type of verse is purely accentual rather than , as modern English verse, accentual-syllabic. He is using a four stress line, with a caesura (marked by a typographical split) between the first and second half of the line. The stressed syllables usually exhibit alliteration. In this poem, he is using imitative form, implicitly comparing the well-crafted meter of Old English verse with the well made axes of Wayland and Hephaestus, and thus implicitly new, sloppily crafted free verse with the junk of modern axes.