I Have a Rendezvous with Death

by Alan Seeger

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What is the meter in Alan Seeger's poem "I Have a Rendezvous with Death"?

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The meter of the poem is iambic tetrameter. "Iambic" refers to the weak/strong pattern of rhythm in the syllables in the lines. "Tetrameter" refers to the number of rhythm units (feet) in the lines; in this poem there are four feet per line.

Here are two lines from the poem with the meter marked. The bold words or syllables are the accented or strong beats; the feet in each line are divided by the / mark:

I have / a ren /dezvous / with Death

At some / dispu /ted bar /ricade

The weak/strong pattern here is iambic, and there are four iambs (units of rhythm) in each line: iambic tetrameter.



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