Difference between revisions of "Metric feet"
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A metric foot is a collection of two, three or four syllables differentiated by which syllables are long and which are short. Ancient Alexandrian scholars named all 28 possible variations.
Two syllable feet
- an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable (e.g. instead)
- a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable (e.g. platter)
- two stressed syllables (e.g. football)
- two unstressed syllables (usually not found in one word)
Three syllable feet
- two unstressed syllables followed by a stressed syllable (e.g. intercept)
- a stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables (e.g. laughable)