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Types of Rhythm

Anapest (x x /)
Anapest (x x /)

Anapestic tetrameter is a rhythm for comic verse, and prominent examples include Clement Clarke Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas" and the majority of Dr. Seuss's poems. When used in comic form, anapestic tetrameter is often highly regular, as the regularity emphasizes the breezy, melodic feel of the meter, though the initial unstressed beat of a line may often be omitted.

Dactyl (/ x x)
Dactyl (/ x x)

Types of Rhythm. English poetry makes use of five important rhythms. These rhythms are of different patterns of stressed (/) and unstressed (x) syllables.

Iamb
Iamb

An iamb is a metrical foot that consists of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one—daDUM. Penta- means five. Meter refers to a regular rhythmic pattern in poetry. So iambic pentameter is a kind of rhythmic pattern that consists of five iambs per line, almost like five heartbeats: daDUM daDUM daDUM daDUM daDUM.

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Spondee
Spondee

Definition of Spondee. A metrical foot, spondee is a beat in a poetic line that consists of two accented syllables (stressed/stressed) or DUM-DUM stress pattern. Spondee is a poetic device that is not as common as other metrical feet, like iamb and trochee.

Trochee
Trochee

In poetic metre, a trochee / ... The less-often used word choree comes from χορός, khorós, "dance"; both convey the "rolling" rhythm of this metrical foot.

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