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Tetrameter Definition

A tetrameter is a line of four metrical feet.


Tetrameter Poem Example

  • Anapestic tetrameter:
  • "And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea" (Byron, "The Destruction of Sennacherib")

  • Iambic tetrameter:
  • "Because I could not stop for Death" (Emily Dickinson)

  • Trochaic tetrameter:
  • "Peter, Peter, pumpkin-eater" (English nursery rhyme)

  • Dactylic tetrameter:
  • Picture your self in a boat on a river with [...] (The Beatles, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds")


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    Other Tetrameter Definition

    [n] a verse line having four metrical feet

    See Also...

    verse, verse line

    Misc. Definitions

    \Te*tram"e*ter\, n. [L. tetrametrus, Gr. ?; te`tra- (see {Tetra-}) + ? a measure: cf. F. t['e]tram[`e]tre.] (GR. & Latin Pros.) 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.

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