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    Question iambs and trochees

    I am supposed to write two poems, one in iambic feet and one in trochee feet. I am not sure if these are right. Can you help me and tell me what I'm doing wrong?
    Iambic
    I caught a star that fell far from the sky.
    It landed in my lap from way up high.
    Slowly it drifted down and did not leave.
    Softly I listened as it brushed my sleeve.
    The wind quickly blew the bright star away
    And left me with heavens of only gray.

    Trochee
    Dreaming during English.
    Thinking of other things.
    Hearing something different
    Than what she is saying.
    Teacher keeps on talking.
    No sound enters my ears.
    Still I sit when bells ring.
    Never minding my peers.

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    Re: iambs and trochees

    Hi unregistered!


    Those two were nice, but some words or pairs were a little awkward if we spontaneously read the poems.


    Try Shakespeare's sonnet 18 as an example of an iamb.


    "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day.
    Thou art more lovely and more temperate..."


    I'll give other examples on my next reply for iambs and trochees.

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    Re: iambs and trochees

    Trochee:
    Double, double, toil and trouble...

    The accent is always on the first syllable,
    and the next happens on every other syllable.

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    Re: iambs and trochees

    Iamb (u-')
    Trochee ('-u)

    Here's two more:

    Dactyl ('-u-u)
    Take her up tenderly...

    Anapest (u-u-')
    There was many and many a year ago...

    I hope I was able to help

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    Re: iambs and trochees

    Quote Originally Posted by broadway121004 View Post
    Dactyl ('-u-u)
    Take her up tenderly...


    ...
    Memory aid: look at your finger bones - one long, two short.

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    Re: iambs and trochees

    Thanks for the memory aid BobK!

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