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Important Terms Stressed and Unstressed Syllables: When a word has more than one syllable, one is more prominent than the others. When this happens, we say that the syllable has a stress, or that it is stressed. In the following examples, stressed syllables are expressed with boldface. Tea.cher Beau.ti.ful Un.der.stand Con.ti.nue Con.ti.nu.a.tion
Poetry Terms When a syllable is stressed, it is pronounced: longer in duration higher in pitch, and louder in volume
Poetry Terms Foot: The basic unit of meter. A foot is usually one stressed syllable and one or more unstressed syllables. Iamb: The most common foot. One unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. Iambic Pentameter: A line containing five iambs. Blank Verse: Verse consisting of unrhymed lines of iambic pentameter. Couplet: Rhyming stanzas each made up of two lines. Shakespearean sonnets usually end in a couplet. Free Verse: Poetry composed of either rhymed or unrhymed lines that have no set fixed metical pattern or expectation.
Poetry Terms Meter: Regularized rhythms. An arrangement of language in which the accents occur at apparently equal intervals in time. Each repeated unit of meter is called a foot.
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