T is for Trochee

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I’m going to need to make up for lost time with a few A to Z quick posts. So here goes! Today’s term is Iamb’s evil twin (AKA, it’s exact opposite).

Trochee

“A metrical foot consisting of an accented syllable followed by an unaccented syllable. Examples of trochaic words include “garden” and “highway.” William Blake opens ‘The Tyger’ with a predominantly trochaic line.”

Source: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/resources/learning/glossary-terms

Another example said to be mostly trochaic is a personal favorite – “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe.

“Once upon a midnight dreary,

While I pondered, weak and weary”

With all the catching up I need to do, I feel ya, Ed.

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