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Title: Poetry Meter


1
Poetry Meter
  • Syllables, meter, and feet
  • Reading and labeling a poem for sounds, stresses,
    and pauses is called scanning the poem.

2
Meter
  • Meter is a pattern of stressed and unstressed
    syllables in poetry.

3
Feet
  • Poetic lines are divided into segments called a
    foot (or feet plural).
  • A foot contains a series of stressed and
    unstressed syllables.

4
Consider the Following
  • Darth Vader decided to crush the rebel soldier.
  • DARTH VAder deCIDed to CRUSH the REBel SOLDier.
  • Luke Skywalker will rebel against his fathers
    wishes.
  • LUKE SKYWALKer WILL reBEL aGAINST his FATHers
    WISHes.

5
Feet and Syllables
  • The divisions marked with / represent feet.
  • A stressed syllable is marked by a
  • An unstressed syllable is marked by a U
  • U U U U
  • Along / the sea- / sands damp / and brown

6
Feet and Syllables
  • Usually, poets put stresses on the natural
    stresses of a word.
  • For example
  • U U
  • orange pretend dog along

7
Feet and Syllables
  • Usually, insignificant words like conjunctions
    and prepositions do not receive poetic stresses.

8
Syllables
  • Iamb (Iambic) U
  • Trochee (Trochaic) U
  • Spondee (Spondaic)
  • Anapest (Anapestic) U U
  • Dactyl (Dactylic) U U

9
Meter
  • Monometer One foot per line
  • Dimeter Two feet per line
  • Trimeter Three feet per line
  • Tetrameter Four feet per line
  • Pentameter Five feet per line
  • Hexameter Six feet per line
  • Heptameter Seven feet per line
  • Octameter Eight feet per line

10
Meter
  • Meter is determined by the type of foot and the
    number of feet in a line.
  • Thus, a line with three iambic feet is known as
    iambic trimeter.

11
Meter
  • So, this line by Longfellow
  • U U U
    U
  • Along / the sea- / sands damp / and brown
  • would be considered generally iambic tetrameter
    (the poetic feet are iambs and there are four
    feet in this line.

12
Meter
  • Remember, not all lines of a poem will have
    exactly the same number of syllables. You may
    have a left over stressed or unstressed
    syllable.

13
Meter
  • Likewise, not every line in a stanza will have
    the same number of feet per line.

14
Meter
  • However, after scanning a poem for all syllables
    and feet, you look back over the entire poem and
    count how many syllables and feet you have.
  • Then, you make a general statement on the overall
    meter, like this poem is generally in iambic
    pentameter or mainly this poem is trochaic
    tetrameter.

15
  • Learn the stresses and meters, scan the poem,
    collaborate with others, and look back over the
    entire poem. Then, make a general statement as
    to the overall meter.

16
SOAPStone Theme
  • Poetic analysis.
  • Yup Yup.
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vR1MxGFncZgQ

17
  • Read it entirely.
  • Look up words.
  • Scan the poem for syllables, feet, and meter.
  • All right stop collaborate and listen Ice is
    back with my brand new invention Something grabs
    a hold of me tightly Flow like a harpoon daily
    and nightly
  • Will it ever stop yo I don't know Turn off the
    lights and I'll glow To the extreme I rock a mic
    like a vandal Light up a stage and wax a chump
    like a candle Dance go rush to the speaker that
    booms

18
Speaker
  • Speaker vocalist MC dancer songwriter
  • Subject (think about the 80s!)
  • Title his name, but also
  • Braggadocio!

19
Occasion
  • Identification!
  • A jaunty performer taunts his competition and
    dares to match his vocal skills against others.

20
Audience
  • sucker MCs

21
Purpose
  • The speaker brags about his songwriting ability.
    He goes to a party, then leaves. In his car, he
    waves to girls as he goes to another party. This
    party later gets out-of-hand people start
    shooting pistols. He leaves again. Speaker
    resumes braggadocio.

22
Style (literary elements)
  • Flow like a harpoon
  • Turn off the lights and Ill glow
  • I rock the mic like a vandal
  • the speaker that BOOMS

23
Tone
  • swag

24
Analyze The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls
  • Use the SOAPStone THEME method to understand
    poem.
  • Working in groups, discuss and write down
    analysis.
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