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Octameter Definition

A line of eight metrical feet.


Octameter Poem Example

Trochaic

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore-
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door
(Edgar Allan Poe, "The Raven")

Dactylic

Ere frost-flower and snow-blossom faded and fell, and the splendour of winter had passed out of sight,
The ways of the woodlands were fairer and stranger than dreams that fulfil us in sleep with delight;
The breath of the mouths of the winds had hardened on tree-tops and branches that glittered and swayed
Such wonders and glories of blossomlike snow or of frost that outlightens all flowers till it fade
(A. C. Swinburne, "March: An Ode")


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Other Octameter Definition

[n] a verse line having eight metrical feet

See Also...

verse, verse line

Misc. Definitions

\Oc*tam"e*ter\, n. [Cf.L. octameter in eight feet. See {Octa-}, and {meter}.] (Pros.) A verse containing eight feet; as, Deep" in|to" the | dark"ness | peer"ing, | long" I | stood" there | wond'"ring, | fear"ing. --Poe.

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