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Faun by Alissia Faun :iconalissia:Alissia 1,744 273
Metre Learning Guide
So. Metre.
It has become a dirty word in some poetry circles.
It conjures images of withered, grey-haired men laboriously counting out beats and stresses whilst coughing up phlegm because of all the dust in their cramped and quasi-arcane libraries.
It really isn't all THAT bad, trust me.
So, without getting too 'old-man' technical - What is metre? what is it good for?
And, importantly, how does one use it?
Well, let's see if we can come up with some workable and easily understood answers by the end of this.
#1: What is metre?
Technical Language: The most well known metre, 'Accentual Syllabic Metre' is the rhythmic arrangement of syllables and patterns of stresses in a poetic line.
Translation: Metre is a poetic device that allows you to consciously orchestrate the flow of rhythm in a poem by paying attention to the natural rise and fall of the spoken word, and how to align those patterns of word-emphasis in an effective way.
#2: What is metre good for?
Basically, metre is
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.lost.castle. by noah-kh .lost.castle. :iconnoah-kh:noah-kh 7,474 613
Chicago--Sleeping In
Chicago—Sleeping In
a tremulous yawn to rouse her trees,
the city awakens;
hush of night wanly surrenders
to serenades ... a lark's swelling chatter;
—weather predicting
legions of Early Risers
greet the morning sober with dreams of sleep;
—schedules keeping, (those poor souls)
school-children, ambling in their sweet daze,
hopeful of Nature's favor ask;
does it snow? does it rain?
the sounds of progress invade
my urban hamlet and hollow,
hasten a pulse, low and increasing
from the window
I consider your slumber, your bliss;
passing contented, the weightless moments
in this idle break of day
I draw the silken veil
against morning's widening embrace,
the lark still sings, I ask;
does it snow? does it rain?
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I remember tenderly—that opening you
and I embrace; a casual
fondling of souls amid muted conversation (
saying something, without ordered variation—
a symphony by unison), witness
to a flowering closeness;
           calculated by scent alone
the intimation of that exquisite first stroke
—a rhythmic intersection of organs
nightly warming;
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neoHephaestus Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
Really? Someone else who's read Ursula LeGuin? "A Fisherman of the Inland Sea" is a required re-read every year in spring for me. :)

I thought maybe I was the only one.
anomalicious Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006
I haven't read that one yet! It'll have to be the next one I pick up :)

It was her short story "She Unnames Them" that really turned me on to her. She's a brilliant author!
neoHephaestus Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Yes she is. "Fisherman" is a collection of various short and not-so-short stories. Perfectly bite-sized for my morning commute.

There's something to be said for non-technical science-fiction, and she states the case with aplomb. The opening short "Encounter with the Gargonids" is still hilarious and creepy on each successive read.

So, how long until you bestow us with another work from your furtile imagination? :)
Lisolette-Anwe Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006   Writer
Thank you for the favorite and comment on "Shy Eyelets"
anomalicious Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006
Anytime :)
DavisJes Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just stopping by to say hi. I found you through random deviant.
anomalicious Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006
Thanks for stopping by!
LE-Taka Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006
t'es le premer com concernant mes textes

anomalicious Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006
tes textes sont bons. j'ai plaisir à les lire.
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