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Trochee

  • A trochee is a metrical foot consisting of a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable—for example, the words poet, barren, public, Denver, Clinton, Teasdale.

    English is iambic in its natural rhythms, but poets have used trochaic lines to great effect. For example, each of the first three lines of this stanza from William Blake’s “Tyger” begin with three trochees:

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    Tyger, tyger, burning bright
    In the forests of the night,
    What immortal hand or eye
    Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

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