4], on the other hand, Koidula's indices are much closer to that of the random trochees
In Estonian, feet are disyllabic trochees
regardless of the weight of their constituent syllables.
In the naive, echoey world of sound, what does it matter if we hear TRUN dled / FROM the / STRANGE ness / OF the / SEA--catalectic trochees
(final syllable missing)--or TRUN / riled FROM / the STRANGE / ness OF / the SEA--acephalous iambs (first syllable missing)?
Coleridge writes the eleven-year-old Henry Gillman that he should learn iambs, trochees
, spondees, pyrrics, amphimacers, and amphibrachs with the diligence he applies when learning his cyphers from a multiplication table (SWF 2.
32) The most we may be sure of in this line, Ziolkowski concludes, is that trochees
seem identified with praise, and thus this poem, not in trochaic metre, will not present praise.
Since this "great divide" narrative is also predicated upon an understanding of poetic meter based upon "feet"--iambs, trochees
, dactyls, anapests, and the like--it also unself-consciously reaffirms both a "military-metrical" complex associated with the competitive nationalism of World War I and "a perpetuation of the class differences in education" (pp.
Or maybe the stanza's function is more purely formal: sonically introducing the "t" that will dominate the final couplet, metrically mediating the first line's trochees
and the fifth line's cretic with a third line suggesting either.
And isn't it fitting that the legendarily modest Elizabeth Bishop was given no middle name, whereas Ronald Wilson Reagan is a name that, thanks to that lock-step succession of hard trochees
, sounds positively imperious?
Hungarian iambic is syllabo-accentual, whereas Hungarian trochees
and dactyls are basically "quantitative," as in Greek and Latin poetry.
Whereas it is traditionally assumed that the feet resulting from gemination are trochees
consisting of two heavy syllables, P.
For the sake of explicitness, I will assume the footing proposed by Kager (1995), where PWords are exhaustively footed by bisyllabic trochees
(28), and only final syllables of PWords with uneven syllables number allow a monosyllabic foot.
Another out-of-the-ordinary substitution Steele does not dislike is the first- and second-foot trochees
in Louise Bogan's line from "Animal, Vegetable, and Mineral": "Eager quickly to free its sticky foot.