Dactyl example
General meter and rhyme
Example of Iambic Tetrameter
(short unaccented syllable +long, accented syllable in each foot)
8 syllables/4 feet (tetrameter)
Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound

(Now say it aloud and understand why)
First, count syllables
Then break into feet and accent/unaccented

Amazing = short uncap, long acc, short acc
Grace =long, accented
How=short uncap
Sweet=long acc
the=short uncap
sound= long acc

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Example of Iambic Pentameter
(unaccented, accented)
10 syllables/5 feet (Pentameter)
But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks?
Example of Iambic Trimeter
unaccented, accented feet
6 syllables/3 feet (trimeter)
I love the laughing gale
Example of Iambic Tetrameter
Come live with me and be my love
Example of Trochaic Tetrameter
Through the tranquil air of morning
Example of Iambic Tetrameter
We passed the school where children played
anapestic tetrameter
2 short, unstressed followed by a stressed syllable
8 syllables/4 feet (tetrameter)
And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold
Dactylic Hexameter
long accented, 2 short unaccented syllables
12 syllables/6feet (hexameter)
This is the forest primeval, the murmurring pines and the hemlocks
Trochaic Tetrameter
accented, unaccented
8 syllables, 4 feet (tetrameter)
Double double toil and trouble