metrical foot


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(prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm

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The spondee in English is usually defined as a metrical foot consisting of two stressed syllables.
Lisa Low and Anthony John Harding (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1994) 209-10, deftly explains that "instead of reading the line as `Grief, which / Verse did / restrain' (trochee, trochee, iamb)--which is what would be suggested by accentual-syllabic theory--Coleridge notices that the heavy accents on `Grief' and `Verse' override the demands of regularized trimeter, pulling the first syllable of `restrain' into a dactyl with `Verse did,' and leaving the last syllable on its own, filling up the space of one metrical foot.
Central to this theory is the proposition that the stress patterns of Old English words provide the range of metrical foot patterns available to the poets.
Foremost among the topics which critics discussed is al-Mala'ika's concept of meter in free verse and her insistence on adhering to the unity of metrical foot without violating the prosodic rules, as she illustrates in her study of metrical patterns in free verse.
When the initial Q3 syllable of these forms exhausts a metrical foot, as in (al).
1] The iamb is the basic metrical foot, and there is a strong medial caesura.