Short meter

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(Hymnol.) iambic verses or lines, the first, second, and fourth having each three feet, and the third four feet. The stanza usually consists of four lines, but is sometimes doubled. Short meter is indicated by the initials S. M.

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The first three lines are iambic trimeter in rhythm; the fourth line is bothersome: to retain the usual three-stress pattern, "I have borne" must be considered an anapestic substitution for an iamb, and an accent--even if a light accent--must fall on the last syllable of evilly.
The third line is difficult to scan as a regular trimester--rhetorically, the first-person pronoun needs emphasis, which keeps the line from being a headless iambic trimeter.
Vespasian has emended the passage to read [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] ('O Laches, Laches, / when you die once again you will be / Kerylos') by changing the final half of Menander's first line, keeping the second intact, omitting the third line and emending the first four syllables of the fourth--and in the process perfectly maintaining the Greek original's iambic trimeter scansion.
For example, he delights in writing iambic trimeter -- a metrical form favored by Yeats, Allen Tate, and Anthony Hecht, among others -- and a few poems in that meter turn up in the earliest section of the new Collected Poems.
Several important verse meters appear at best only in passing anti without definition, most notably the iambic trimeter, the principal vehicle of dramatic dialogue (mentioned on p.
With two verse feet to the metron, iambic trimeter has three metra and six verse feet.
The iambic tetrameter catalectic is thought to have been the original meter of tragic dialogue, later replaced by iambic trimeter (Raven 1962: 34).
If one wanted to argue for a lyric, one would have to emphasize the caesurae after the first feet in the second and fourth lines, and argue (ignoring the A rhymes) for a pattern of alternate iambic pentameter and iambic trimeter lines:
Naden plays with the convention of the romance stanza, dutifully following the six-line framework and standard rhyme scheme of aabccb, but departs from the usual tercet sequence of a pair of iambic tetrameters and a line of iambic trimeter.
Though "The Lady Doctor" follows the usual romance pattern in its a- and c-lines with their iambic tetrameters, the b-lines add an extra syllable to the iambic trimeters to conclude with a feminine ending.
The classicizing metrical experiments of the Renaissance may have as mixed political bearings as the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century classicizing efforts using unrhymed hexameter and (in Goethe's case, like Spenser's) iambic trimeters.
4762) containing two iambic trimeters provides a new poetic level to the erotic encounter between Lucius the ass and a married lady (Onos 51, Met.