A long time ago I used to write poetry, and there was one particular stanza that has always stuck with me and seemed inherently rhythmic, but I’m not familiar with the relevant terminology and so I’m not able to articulate what I’m hearing when I recite it. If possible, could someone please break down the meter and timing? A -~\—~/~—/-~ style representation would be helpful where a tilde represents a stressed syllable and a dash represents a short one.
It was quite an absurd occurrence
Which gave rise to reason for
Seven words of swift deterrence
Which I’ll now relate through more
If I had to take a guess
- - ~ / - - ~ / - - - - - ~ / - ~ / - ~ - - ~ / - ~ / - - - - - ~ / - ~ / - ~
Or to write it with stress in caps:
it was QUITE / an abSURD / occurrence
which gave RISE / to REA- / -son FOR
seven WORDS / of SWIFT / deterrence
which I’ll NOW / reLATE / through MORE
Apologies, my question is a tad broad, but I’d just like to hear any information and analysis that you can provide of this stanza, particularly the timing/meter. It would also be good if you could provide brief definitions of any technical terminology you employ.
Finally, apologies if this is the wrong site. If that is the case, please recommend somewhere else that I can ask!