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I left a request for Mr. Luke Prater on:‎
http://lukepraterswordsalad.com/2011...comment-14427‎

He sent the following comment:‎

Hi - you left a comment/link on my poetry site (I use a lot of meter etc). I couldn't find a way to comment on your ‎Google site - but I think the project is excellent. I have one issue with what you say there though: that ‎Western/English meter (which, as you say, is stress-based) doesn't successfully emulate the Greco-Roman ‎quantitive (short-long) metrical system. In many cases, in fact it does. The rhythm of using the most common ‎syllabic feet - iambs (di-DUM) and trochees (DUM-di) - (but not the trisyllabic feet anapaests (di-di-DUM) and ‎dactyls (DUM-di-di) as all three stresses are evenly weighted in terms of rhythm, like triplets in music), are for all ‎intents and purposes also short-LONG and LONG-short, respectively. This is because the rhythm of iambs and ‎trochees is not duple (2/4 in music), but it's of-set, like a horse galloping. What makes a stressed syllable feel ‎stressed? Not just but saying it out louder. The stressed syllable is longer, or has more space after it. Musically, ‎the unstressed syllable is the upbeat, it's half-swallowed, and we are in a triplet rhythm still, NOT a duple one. So ‎an iamb is actually di-DUM-(rest), di-DUM-(rest), rather than di-DUM, di-DUM. In many cases the (rest) will be a ‎continuation of the stressed DUM syllable. So it either feels, or actually is, longer. Musically, rhythmically. It is very ‎close to Classical quantitive meter. Agreed, trisyllabic feet that fill all three beats cannot be. And certainly ‎tetrasyllabic feet, but these are not used anymore except for novelty's sake.

Thus, iambs and trochees feel quantitive and iambs are overwhelmingly the most used metrical foot in ‎Western poetry, where feet are still used.

Does this make any sense?

Interesting topic!

Cheers

Luke Prater
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