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    Urgent - Analysis Poem Meter and syllables

    Can someone please help me with the following poem:

    Sign no more, ladies (by William Shakspeare)

    Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
    Men were deceivers ever,
    One foot in sea and one on shore,
    To one thing constant never.

    Then sigh not so, but let them go,
    And be you blithe and bonny,
    Converting all your sounds of woe
    Into hey nonny, nonny.

    Sing no more ditties, sing no moe
    Of dumps so dull and heavy,
    The fraud of men was ever so,
    Since summer first was leavy.

    Then sigh not so, but let them go,
    And be you blithe and bonny,
    Converting all your sounds of woe
    Into hey, nonny, nonny.

    I can't figure out what kind of metrical pattern is using in this poem:
    1) is this Iamb/Trochaic/Dactylic/Anapest or other?
    2) it seems the syllabels are varied in different lines this dimeter/trimeter/tetrameter/pentameter or other?

    Thanks for any advise.

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    Re: Urgent - Analysis Poem Meter and syllables

    This looks to me like a homework assignment. Please don't ask us to do or correct your homework; this is a place to discuss language.

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    Re: Urgent - Analysis Poem Meter and syllables



    (1) I cannot help you, for I know no thing about poetry and never read it.

    (2) Nevertheless, I once found something that I am delighted to share with you.

    (3) Mr. Theodore M. Bernstein wrote Dos, Don'ts & Maybes of English Usage.

    (4) He realized how difficult it was for ordinary people such as I to understand

    poetic meter.

    (a) He writes: " [I] composed a stanza that is easy to memorize and illustrates how

    each of the feet is accented."

    Iambus, King of all the North,
    Sucking trochees, ventured forth,
    Galloping dactyls emerged from their nest,
    But he struggled and conquered this anapest.

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