Stressed/Unstressed Syllables, Metres, Feet... HELP!!?

I am really struggling with understanding how to determine the length of a metre, possibly because I do not know how a foot in poetry is measured! In addition, I am no good with stressed and unstressed syllables...

The questions I need to answer are based on the following lines of poetry... (I've put my answers beneath the questions I think I know.. correct me if I'm wrong!! Haha)

In every cry of every Man

In every Infant's cry of fear

In every voice; in every ban

The mind-forg'd manacles I hear

- William Blake

a. Scan and mark-up the lines of poetry. (Foot/stressed-unstressed)

b. Identify the base rhythm of these lines.

c. Identify the type of stanza this is.

Quatrain

d. Give the rhyme scheme for this stanza.

ABab

e. Identify the type of rhyme used in these lines.

Perfect Rhyme/Masculine/End

Help me please! I am so confused...

Update:

So... okay! You've helped me allot... I think, haha!

a. Scan and mark-up the lines of poetry.

u / u / u / u /

|In eve|ry cry |of eve|ry Man|

u / u / u / u /

|In eve|ry In|fant's cry| of fear|

u / u / u / u /

|In eve|ry voice;| in eve|ry ban|

u / u / u / u /

|The mind|-forg'd man|acles| I hear|

b. Identify the base rhythm of these lines.

Iambic tetrameter

c. Identify the type of stanza this is.

Quatrain

d. Give the rhyme scheme for this stanza.

ABab

e. Identify the type of rhyme used in these lines.

Perfect Rhyme/Masculine/End

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  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    FOR NUMBER ONE:

    The base rhythm is iambic, because its like a heartbeat;

    in EVery CRY of EVery MAN

    in EVery INfant's CRY of FEAR

    in EVery VOICE; in EVery BAN

    the MIND-forg'd MANaCLES i HEAR

    each pair of one unstressed and one stressed syllable is one foot, which is, in this case, one iamb. So its actually the opposite way you wrote it.

    The rest of your answers are completely correct.

  • 4 years ago

    you are right it's wonderful go ahead and do it

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