Poetry Quiz – Meter

meter
general rhythm in poetry

scanning
marking the meter of a poem

accent mark
/ – used to mark the stressed syllables of poems

breve mark
used to mark the unstressed syllables of poems

iambic meter
unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable

trochaic meter
stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable

dactylic meter
stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables

anapestic meter
two unstressed syllables followed by a stressed syllable

foot
one set of stressed and unstressed syllables; a line of poetry contains one or more feet

monometer
line of poetry containing only one foot

trimeter
line of poetry containing three feet

tetrameter
line of poetry containing four feet

pentameter
line of poetry containing five feet

common meter
the form of many English poems, consisting of a line of iambic tetrameter followed by a line of iambic trimeter; a sing-song meter; example: “Amazing Grace”

alliteration
repetition of consonant sounds

onomatopoeia
words resemble the sounds they portray (ex: crash, boom, clip-clop, etc.)

assonance
repetition of vowel sounds within a word

denotation
dictionary meaning of a word

connotation
subtle undertones or shades of meaning of a word

enjambment
occurs when a line of poetry does not end with any punctuation mark, allowing the thought to continue to the next line; comes from a French word meaning “run-on”