Lately I've been getting a spate of questions about meter in poetry. These question range from "Is this poem iambic pentameter? If it's trembling uncontrollably, or hiding under the blankets, it's probably a stressed syllable. Okay, serious answer. A stressed syllable is a syllable that has emphasis within a word or within a line of poetry. So the best way to tell is to say the word in an overly dramatic way, choosing different syllables to emphasize.
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In poetry, feet are segments of stressed and unstressed syllables that, when used properly, create rhythmic sounds in each line of a poem. Poetic feet are combined with meter, the number of feet per line, to create the overall line length, but it is the feet that determine the placement or pattern of syllables. There are four main types of poetic feet, as well as two supplementary forms. Anapestic feet consist of three syllables: two unstressed and one stressed. With a sound reminiscent of a horse's galloping, "intervene" and "interrupt" both follow this three-syllable pattern. Like anapestic feet, dactylic feet are made of three syllables; however, dactylic feet have one stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables.
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The limerick packs laughs anatomical Into space that is quite economical. But the good ones I've seen So seldom are clean And the clean ones so seldom are comical. The form appeared in England in the early years of the 18th century. Gershon Legman , who compiled the largest and most scholarly anthology, held that the true limerick as a folk form is always obscene, and cites similar opinions by Arnold Bennett and George Bernard Shaw ,  describing the clean limerick as a "periodic fad and object of magazine contests, rarely rising above mediocrity".