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For a poem to explain what these mean, use the DOOR.

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   To examine the “feet” or rhythmic structure of poetry consider the poem below. The poem shows a basic way to examine the structure of metrical poetry.¹ The heavy “beats” are the lines. The dots are the lighter beats. (Don’t lock these patterns into individual words, however. Feel the beat of the whole line.)

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“The iamb saunters through my book,

Trochees rush and tumble;

 While the anapest runs like a hurrying brook,

Dactyls are stately and classical.”¹

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      Looking at the rhythmic patterns of poems this way is called scanning.

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    ¹ From Whitfield’s University Rhyming Dictionary. (Yes, I was once an English teacher.)