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Metrical Feet
Metrical Feet
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Metrical Feet Analysis

Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Form and Meter

Many Different Types; Rhyming CoupletsMeasure your MetersColeridge's poem takes poetic meter as its subject, so it's a safe bet that it's gonna have some meter of its own. And boy does it. It's a v...


While Shmoop always warns against naming the poet as the speaker, in this case, we think it's a safe bet. After all, this poem was written in a letter to his son, and he practically signs it at the...


Quite literally, the setting of this poem is a letter, which is to say the words on the page are contained in a note from Coleridge to his son. But of course a letter isn't exactly a place, now is...

Sound Check

Mnemonic Device for ChildrenWe've said it before, and we'll say it again: "Metrical Feet" sounds just like one of those mnemonics you learn in school, such as "Thirty Days have September, April, Ju...

What's Up With the Title?

No surprises here. The poem is called "Metrical Feet" because the first half is all about different types of poetic meter. Poetry is written in a meter, which is a fancy way of saying "beat." Lines...

Calling Card

Playful and CleverColeridge was a pretty smart guy, and he knew just about everything there was to know about poetry. He likes to prove just how much he knows by doing neat things with his meter, a...


(5) Tree LineAll right, let's face it: "Metrical Feet" isn't the easiest poem in the world. For one thing, it uses all kinds of terms that look pretty strange. Plus, without a little background on...


Samuel Taylor Coleridge didn't see his son Derwent for a period of eight years (between 1812 and 1820) (Source.)By the time he reached the age of 70, Derwent Coleridge could speak 14 languages! May...

Steaminess Rating

G"Metrical Feet" is a pretty intellectual poem, and it was written for a boy who wasn't even seven years old. There is just nothing sexual about it.


Literary and Philosophical References:William Wordsworth, "Lines Composed A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey" (16) Historical References:Derwent Coleridge (Title, 11, 14)

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