From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Metrical Feet

Metrical Feet


by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Metrical Feet Summary

In a poem addressed to his young son, S.T. Coleridge explains each of the most common metrical feet: the trochee, spondee, dactyl, iamb, anapest, amphibrach, and amphimacer. Whew! Best part is: he both defines these terms and demonstrates them within the line. This brief and clever learning experiment takes up the first stanza.

In the second stanza, Coleridge tells his son Derwent everything he needs to become a famous poet: love for nature, a warm heart, and of course meter. Becoming a good poet will help him win his father's and God's love. But wait, Coleridge already loves his son a ton already. Aw, how sweet.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...