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Teaching the bachelor level students to discern meters in English poetry

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of English, Makawanpur Multiple Campus, Hetauda, Nepal

Res. J. Language and Literature Sci., Volume 5, Issue (3), Pages 24-32, July,19 (2018)


Meter, which is a fixed pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of verse, is one of the distinctive sound devices exploited in English poetry. The major objective of this article is to familiarize the bachelor level students in the faculties of Education and Humanities with the diverse meters exploited in numerous poems composed by different poets. Demonstration and explanation of poetic lines that hint at the meters are executed as a method for teaching the students to discern the varied metrical forms that contribute to the meanings in the poem. This article is considered to be useful to the college students who have to study poetry as a major subject and to the teachers who are interested in teaching meters in English poetry. It is concluded that better memorization and understanding of the metrical forms lead the students and the teachers to the better understanding of musical quality of the poem.


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