Mammoth Memory


Stress is the emphasis that falls on certain syllables. It gives poetry its feet, metre and rhythm. Stress is the longer, accented sound.

After a day of stress, “Aaahhh” is the long sound people make. When you’re stressed, accidents (accent) can happen.

When you’re stressed, you need someone to lean on – like this leaning shape / which is used to indicate a stressed syllable (see examples below).

Stress:            Longer (longer sound)



                        Large facial movements when spoken

                        Leaning shape ( / )      

There are words that consist of two stressed syllables in a row.


A word like this is called spondaic (see the page Types of feet).



Commands are often two stressed syllables in a row because they are longer, louder, clearer and require large facial movements when spoken:


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