Trimeter (69 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume : WORLD HISTORY AND IDEAS: A CROSS-CULTURAL VOLUME.


Trimeter: a metre in which the line has three sounded beats and one silent beat or rest (

I have met them at close of day
Coming with vivid faces
From counter or desk among grey
Eighteenth-century houses (Yeats, “Easter 1916”)

The repeated final silent beat gives such verse an awkward, incomplete, thwarted quality, here clearly in tune with the subject matter. …

Groves, Peter Lewis. "Trimeter". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 June 2007
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