from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A line of verse consisting of four metrical feet.
- n. A line of verse consisting of four measures of two feet each, especially one in iambic, trochaic, or anapestic meter in classical prosody.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A line in a poem having four metrical feet.
- n. A poetic metre in which each line has four feet.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A verse or line consisting of four measures, that is, in iambic, trochaic, and anapestic verse, of eight feet; in other kinds of verse, of four feet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having four measures.
- n. In prosody, a verse or period consisting of four measures.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a verse line having four metrical feet
The poem is written mostly in tetrameter, which is common enough.
A sudden hexameter will burst forth from a poem written in tetrameter, for instance, or a line will turn up that is difficult to scan at all.
He was working in something we would call anapestic tetrameter, which is also the rhythm of “Twas the night before Christmas.”
I will wager your tetrameter is the semisextarius.
The metre is the trochaic tetrameter, which is always well suited to the Latin language, and which here appears treated with Greek strictness, except that in lines 55, 62, 91, a spondee is used in the fifth foot instead of a trochee.
I will wager your tetrameter is the semisextarius. [
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“Rainforest” consists of 12 lines of iambic tetrameter that celebrate the interdependence of the creatures in natural world.
"Mortality" contains 14 four-line stanzas of anapestic tetrameter, meaning that it advances in four beats of three syllables, two unstressed and one stressed.
In your graduate studies, did you find out why most of her poetry was written in iambic tetrameter?