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Old 09-12-2010, 05:43 PM   #1
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Geeky Poetry Question

Okay, all you poetry aficionados out there, I have a question for you:

I'm trying to write a poem (hence the title of this thread). A certain rhythm has come to me, but in what meter are these lines written? I can't tell (anymore).

This world is poised upon a cosmic lever
'Twixt Darkness and the everlasting Light.
For ages, all was kept in balance ever,
But mortal creatures soon began to fight.
Some men, they sought the Realm of Light and glory,
And thus they became champions of Good.
Still others felt the pulling of the Vortex,
And thus on Evil's side they proudly stood.
That's why we live perpetually in conflict,
With one side or the other standing strong,
The other faltering. Oh, my dear child,
Will your path be of Righteousness or Wrong?
'Tis perilous to straddle in the middle,
And bid the warring sides not to hold sway
Over your heart. At one time or another,
The Realm of Light and Vortex have their way.
Within our time, a reckoning approaches.
I warn you--guard your mind and soul right well...
We'll be saved if the Realm of Light's victorious,
But if the Vortex wins--our fate is hell!

THE END
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:29 PM   #2
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it mostly seemed to be 11-10-11-10 and so on. but lines nine and ten instead of following that pattern, were 12-9. i actually dont know the particular name of this meter. have you tried a search engine for the answer you seek?
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:50 PM   #3
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Nope. Thanks anyway, though!
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Old 09-13-2010, 03:06 AM   #4
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I have to rush out but: English poetic metre is a tricky subject; the sort of term you want (iambic pentameter, alexandrine etc.) is not going to accurately assess how your verse sounds. Let us say that your lines are broadly decasyllables (ten syllable lines) with a relatively slow pace to them.


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When in doubt, always go with iambic pentameter

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