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Meter in Because I Could Not Stop for Death

Meter Examples in Because I Could Not Stop for Death:

Text of the Poem


"Were toward eternity...."   (Text of the Poem)

In this final line, the three metrical beats fall on syllables beginning with “t.” When read aloud, the line sounds like a clock, with a rhythmic ticking of t sounds. These sounds beautifully evoke the horses’ headlong trot through time. This use of alliteration on metrical beats is a poetic signature of Anglo-Saxon verse.

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