Meter And Meaning

When should you use regular meter in a poem? If you decide that you only want to compose formal verse (see part three), then most of your work should be metered. If you decide that you only want to compose free verse (see chapter seventeen), you should understand meter nonetheless because you may want to employ a certain type of sound in your poem. As we learned earlier in the chapter on voice, sound enhances meaning.

Let's see how meter does.

To illustrate, I've composed a poem featuring two people talking on the telephone, going through all the phases of a typical argument:

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