Definition of Meter:
A pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in poetry, creating a measured rhythm.  See also Iambic pentameter

Example of meter #1:

da-Dum da-Dum da-Dum da-Dum da-Dum

Sonnets From The Portuguese XVII, By Elizabeth Barrett Browning

My poet, thou canst touch on all the notes
God set between His After and Before,
And strike up and strike off the general roar
Of the rushing worlds a melody that floats
In a serene air purely. Antidotes
Of medicated music, answering for
Mankind’s forlornest uses, thou canst pour
From thence into their ears. God’s will devotes
Thine to such ends, and mine to wait on thine.
How, Dearest, wilt thou have me for most use?
A hope, to sing by gladly? or a fine
Sad memory, with thy songs to interfuse?
A shade, in which to sing, of palm or pine?
A grave, on which to rest from singing? Choose.

Iambic Trimeter-

da-Dum da-Dum da-Dum

My papa's Waltz by Theodore Roethke

We romped until the pans
Slid from the kitchen shelf;
My mother's countenance
Could not unfrown itself.

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Meter poetry:
  • Definition of meter
  • Examples of meter
  • Examples of authors using meter
  • Explanation of how meter is used

Why are poetry examples important?

Studying examples of poems using various poetic devices such as meter helps create an understanding of how those poetry terms work within different types of poetry.  For instance examples of poems using onomatopoeia can illustrate how sounds can be represented in poems.  Likewise, examples of poems using alliteration can shed light on how alliteration affects the rhythm of a poem.  Many poem can be an example of meter, but sometimes good examples are hard to find.  You'll find relevant, concise poetry examples here. 

Can Poems be examples of more than one poetry term?

Absolutely.  Examples of poems using hyperbole are also examples of figurative language, since hyperbole is considered a type of figurative language.  That's just one example.  Poems usually contain multiple poetic terms and devices like meter.  The poetry examples contained in this site often link to other poetry devices of which that poem serves as an example.  However, we provide unique examples for each poetry term wherever possible.

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See also:    Iambic Pentameter