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Literary/ Cultural Context Note

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 12: Global Voices, Global Histories: World Literatures and Cultures.

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, “Easter 1916”)

The repeated final silent beat gives such verse an awkward, incomplete, thwarted quality, here …

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Groves, Peter Lewis. "Trimeter". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 June 2007
[, accessed 04 July 2015.]