Trimeter

(79 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

Trimeter: a metre in which the line has three sounded beats and one silent beat or rest (<!>), the latter generally at the end of the line:

I have met them at close of day <!>
Coming with vivid faces <!>
From counter or desk among grey <!>
Eighteenth-century houses <!> (Yeats, ā€œEaster 1916ā€)

The repeated final silent beat gives such verse an awkward, incomplete, thwarted quality, here ā€¦

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Citation:
Groves, Peter Lewis. "Trimeter". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 June 2007
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=1762, accessed 28 July 2014.]