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Foot and Meter in Poetry

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Foot and Meter in Poetry

  1. 1. FOOT AND METER IN POETRY Ms. Shannon’s 4th Grade English Class
  2. 2. THE CHART OF FEET
  3. 3. Using the chart as a reference, take the “foot” quizonline. Take the quiz as many times as you need. If you have a question, raise your hand.
  4. 4. IAMBThe iamb is the most commonly used foot in English and American poetry. Readthe following paragraph out loud and notice how it flows differently than regular conversation does:Today I went to see my friend Monique. We played with toys and rode our bikes to school. I hope I get to see her very soon. I’ve never had a friend like her before. You probably emphasized every other syllable, starting with the second one, splitting it into iambs, like this: Today | I went |to see | my friend | Monique. | We played | with toys | and rode|our bikes |to school. | I hope | I get | to see | her ver | -y soon. | I’ve ne |-ver had | a friend | like her | before.
  5. 5. THE CHART OF METERS
  6. 6. PENTAMETER Pentameter is the most common meter, and is typically paired with iambs to form iambic pentameter. A line is in pentameter if it has only five feet. An iamb, as we discussed, is a foot. Therefore, a line of poetry containing five iambs is written in iambic pentameter.Today I went to see my friend Monique.We played with toys and rode our bikes to school.I hope I get to see her very soon.I’ve never had a friend like her before. Today | I went |to see | my friend | Monique. | We played | with toys | and rode |our bikes |to school. | I hope | I get | to see | her ver | -y soon. | I’ve ne |-ver had | a friend | like her | before.
  7. 7. SCAN A POEMThe technique that we are learning is called “scanning.” Let’s watch these people scan a poem, so that we understand it a little better.
  8. 8. Now that you’ve learned how to pair foot and meter together, take the meter quiz online. You can use thechart as a reference. Take it as many times as you need to. This one just uses iambs, so that you can focus on the meter.
  9. 9. Now listen to this poem and try to figure out what the foot and meter is. Hint: It’s not iambic! Answer: anapestic tetrameter
  10. 10. THE FINAL QUIZ Now you can take the final quiz and see how well you understand foot and meter. Again, you can use thecharts as reference, and if you have any questions, raise your hand.
  11. 11. YOUR HOMEWORK You have two choices:1) Write a poem of at least 4 lines in any foot and meter you wish.2) Find a poem online that is written in clear foot and meter. Print it out. Add the curvy unstressed marks, the straight accent marks, and the lines between feet, to show how you scanned the poem. Identify the foot and meter of the poem.

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