The Metrical Feet of English Poetry

Foot Scansion Sound Example
Iamb -/ De-dum Detain, betray, entwine
Trochee /- Dum-de Raven, pathway, garden
Spondee // Dum-dum Stand up! Sit down! Go back!
Anapaest –/ De-de-dum Understand, contradict, Japanese
Dactyl /– Dum-de-de Signature, fantasy, elephant
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