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Poetic Metre

A poem has meter and rhyme like rhythm and melody in music.

How do we identify meter ?

First Some Definitions [1]

Definitons For A Line

If (iambic pentameter)

x = unstress
/ = stress
iamb = x /

x / x / x / x / x /
If you can keep your head when all a-bout you
x / x / x / x / x /
Are los-in-g theirs and blam-in-g it on you;
x / x / x / x / x /
If you can trust your-self when all men doubt you,
x / x / x / x / x /
But make al-low-ance for their doubt-in-g too:
x / x / x / x / x /
If you can wait and not be tired by wait-in-g,
x / x / x / x / x /
Or, be-in-g lied a-bout, don’t deal in lies,
x / x / x / x / x /
Or be-in-g hat-ed don’t give way to hat-in-g,
x / x / x / x / x /
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

-Rudyard Kipling[2]

The hypenation, as seen on

x / x / x / x / x /
But make al-low-ance for their doubt-in-g too:

Using a dictionary we can add hypenations that can help the reader analyse a poem.

[1] http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/users/m/morillo/public/prosody1.htm
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scansion
[3] https://code.google.com/p/hyphenator/