Meter in To Build a Fire

Meter Examples in To Build a Fire:

To Build a Fire 1

"little-traveled trail..."   (To Build a Fire)

This three-word phrase is an example of carefully crafted rhyme and meter. The repetition of t and l sounds gives the words a sense of connectivity. The metrical bounce—stress, unstress, stress, unstress, stress—gives the phrase a jaunty feeling, akin to that of hiking along a trail.