Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

What is the name of the rhyme scale...?

What is the name of the rhyme scale where the first stanza's first second and fourth lines last words rhyme and the third line's last word rhymes with the first, second, and fourth lines last words in the second stanze. (I know that's a mouthful, but please answer. I think that its called a tantrameter or something.)

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  • 1 decade ago
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    First of all, you are mixing up rhyme scheme (not scale) and meter.

    Given an 8-line, two stanza poem, where the 1st, 2nd, and 4th lines rhyme with each other and the 3rd line of the second stanza, and the 3rd line of the first stanza rhymes with the 1st, 2nd, and 4th lines of the second stanza, this is the rhyme scheme:



    The meter measures syllables within the lines. Tetrameter designates four metered feet in the line. Each metered foot has a different name, depending on the syllables and accents:

    Iamb--unstressed syllable followed by stressed syllable

    Trochee--stressed syllable followed by unstressed syllable

    Anapest--two unstressed syllables followed by an unstressed syllable

    Dactyl--one stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables

    Spondee--two successive syllables with approximately equal strong stresses

    Pyrrhic--two successive syllables with approximately equal light stresses

    You determine the foot meter by the above list, then count how many of them there are per line and use the list below:

    Monometer--one foot

    Dimeter--two feet

    Trimeter--three feet

    Tetrameter--four feet

    Pentameter--five feet

    Hexameter--six feet (a line of six iambic feet is called an Alexandrine)

    Heptameter--seven feet (also called a fourteener [14 syllables], also called ballad meter])

    Octameter--eight feet

    For example, "Trees," by Joyce Kilmer:

    I think that I shall never see

    A poem lovely as a tree.

    A tree whose hungry mouth is prest

    Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

    A tree that looks at God all day,

    And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

    A tree that may in summer wear

    A nest of robins in her hair;

    Upon whose bosom snow has lain;

    Who intimately lives with rain.

    Poems are made by fools like me,

    But only God can make a tree.

    In each line, there is an unstressed, followed by a stressed, syllable, repeated four times. This is called iambic tetrameter.

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