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In poetry, a tetrameter is a line of four metrical feet. The particular foot, of course, can vary, as follows:

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

External links

Tetrameter.com A website devoted to verse in tetrameter

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