Here is film of our freshman English class Jan. 9. I have a worksheet with lines from many different poems. Your job is to mark the stressed and unstressed syllables in the lines and then come up with what type of meter it is. The video shows us working on it together in class after some individual work time.
The lines are below if you do not have the worksheet. A “U” stands for unstressed, while a “/” stands for a stressed syllable.
Monometer = 1 foot
Dimeter = 2 feet
Trimeter = 3 feet
Tetrameter = 4 feet
Pentameter = 5 feet
The sun glowed red at break of day
Meant in croaking, “nevermore.”
Touch her not scornfully
And the sound of a voice that is still
There was once a young man from Madrid
A narrow fellow in the grass
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird and bust and door
My life closed twice before it closed
It yet remains to see
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak of weary
And now comes an act of enormous enormance
No former performer’s performed this performance.