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te·tram·e·ter

 (tĕ-trăm′ĭ-tər)
n.
1.
a. Verse written in lines of four metrical feet.
b. A single line of such verse.
2.
a. Classical quantitative verse consisting of four measures of two feet each, especially in iambic, trochaic, or anapestic meter.
b. A single line of such verse.

[Late Latin tetrametrus, from Greek tetrametron, from neuter of tetrametros, having four measures : tetra-, tetra- + -metron, measure; see -meter.]

te·tram′e·ter adj.
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tetrameter

(tɛˈtræmɪtə)
n
1. (Poetry) a line of verse consisting of four metrical feet
2. (Poetry) a verse composed of such lines
3. (Poetry) (in classical prosody) a line of verse composed of four dipodies
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te•tram•e•ter

(tɛˈtræm ɪ tər)

n.
1. a verse of four feet.
2. a line of classical verse consisting of four dipodies in trochaic, iambic, or anapestic meter.
adj.
3. consisting of four metrical feet.
[1605–15; < Latin tetrametrus < Greek tetrámetros having four measures. See tetra-, meter2]
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tetrameter

1. a verse of four feet.
2. Classical Prosody. a verse consisting of four dipodies in trochaic, iambic, or anapestic meter. — tetrameter, adj.
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tetrameter

A meter of four feet to the line.
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Noun1.tetrameter - a verse line having four metrical feet
verse line, verse - a line of metrical text
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tetrameter

[teˈtræmɪtəʳ] Ntetrámetro m
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tetrameter

n (Liter) → Tetrameter m
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The iambic measure then replaced the trochaic tetrameter, which was originally employed when the poetry was of the Satyric order, and had greater affinities with dancing.
But oh, mesdames, if you are not allowed to touch the heart sometimes in spite of syntax, and are not to be loved until you all know the difference between trimeter and tetrameter, may all Poetry go to the deuce, and every schoolmaster perish miserably!
All of BatiushkoVs trochaic tetrameters were written between 1806--"Only friendship promises me the crown of immortality ..." ([phrase omitted]) and 1815--"All of the priests of Bacchus came to Erigone's feast ..." ([phrase omitted]).
The claim that Coleridge "discard[s] the loco-descriptive pentameter couplets, in which he had painstakingly detailed the natural world," so as to conclude his poem with "truncated tetrameters...
It is enjambed (between metrical lines l and 2), varied (between the pentameter of metrical line 1 and the tetrameters in metrical lines 2 and 3), and antimelismatic (e.g., "that were in the icebox" and "they were delicious").
Note: This poem consists of nine stanzas of iambic tetrameters and
(12) Moreover, Donne's stanzas regularly interlace a sequence of three tetrameters and three pentameters, a trimeter in the sixth line, and a pair of tetrameter lines to conclude each stanza; this structure is opposed to the more conventional final alexandrine, in which the main verb generally makes its appearance, belatedly clarifiing the syntax and creating a brief resting place.
Brand, too, utilizes iambic pentameters, but in order to render settenari he avails himself of trimeters and tetrameters; he has largely met his goal to 'match the number of lines in each scene, and indeed each speech, in order to ease the reader's task in identifying the appropriate line across the page' of the original Italian (p.
(For an especially fine example, see his early sonnet, "The Clerks.") "Cheevy" has some of that but shows him at his most inventive as well; the cross-rhyming quatrains run at tetrameters for three lines before coming to a clunking halt in the dimeter fourth line.
One of Cummings's most anthologized and analyzed poems, it tells the love story of "anyone" and "noone" in dactylic tetrameters. Nordoff sets much of the townsfolk narrative with mantra-like repeated G# eighth notes in the accompaniment (Example 3), reflecting both the passage of much time and the uninspired sameness of the villagers' lives--the "women and men (both little and small)."
Suddenly my magical world of words and feeling had turned into "iambic pentameters," "dactylic tetrameters," "rhyme schemes" and "lineation." I decided then that poetry was not for me after all.
Vendler's roomy chapters include gatherings of Yeats's tetrameters, blank verse, sonnets, ballads, and rhymed stanzas (in particular the ottava rima stanza, which the poet took from Shelley and Byron and made fully his own).