As if compelling readers to contemplate line three in the same way that having patrons or independent wealth affords privileged poets contemplative space, Coleman disrupts the iambic heptameter
of line three with a final foot that simply does not fit.
Series of irregular heptameter verse are found in [section][section] 7, 33, 45 (two series), 48, and 134; and of both irregular heptameter and tetrameter verse in [section][section] 68 and 94.
Preliminary Chinese studies of heptameter verse in both Scripture and Digest (undistinguished) stress the popular origin of the form and its vehicular function in religious propaganda; see Wu Weimin.
What appears as a line and a half in texts of the play published in the eighteenth century and thereafter appears as a single fourteen-syllable line of iambic heptameter
in the 1597 text: "Against the word, as thus: Come little ones, & then againe" (Allen and Muir 237).
The Vice 'drags' rhyme royal 'in the mud', (106) while the revenging hero Horestes speaks chiefly in the clumsy rhymed heptameter
line known as the fourteener.
This latter edition is in some ways a harsher critique of Landon's elegy; it bears her name and collapses the eight-line stanzas into the other ballad form, heptameter
For example, he states his (predetermined) scheme for rhythm and meter: "The former is trochaic--The latter is octometer acatalectic, alternating with heptameter
catalectic repeated in the refrain of the fifth verse, and terminating with a tetrameter cataletic" (Essays 21).
Poe afforded him two prominent examples: the heptameter
version of "Lenore"--"Ah, broken is the golden bowl
Through the rhymed iambic heptameter
, the epithets ("the bounding step," "dark foaming stream"), and the synecdoches (the heart, the hand), Hemans transplants American Indian experience from its own cultural ground to English soil.
While the poem aurally evokes ballad stanzas, Cook uses long heptameter
lines rather than four-three ballad lines, so that the poem visually evokes hymn meter.
Trimeter lines are normally used by poets for light verse; perhaps Lewis felt their shortness made an appropriate change from the more negative poems written in longer lines: "Apology" is in iambic pentameters and "Ode for New Year's Day" is in iambic hexameters and heptameters
The Shelleyan rhapsody is here followed by Gilbertian patter in anapestic heptameters
that rhyme internally and terminally.