Mammoth Memory

Amphibrachic trimeter


An amphibrachic foot (known as an amphibrach) has a short syllable followed by a long syllable followed by a short syllable (SLS or U/U).


Trimeter is three feet per line.



Here’s a perfect example of amphibrachic trimeter (long syllables in bold, all other are short):

Amphibrachic trimeter has 3 feet

Reclining relaxed in the garden

the cat was ignoring my calling,

indifferently birds kept on chirping,

idyllic conditions for poets.

Amusing deception, cat lazy

and silent just waiting for breakfast.

Indolent or working at trapping

a birdie who thinks that he's sleeping?

I'll leave now before I spoil something. 


Lawrence Eberhart, Bird Watching


A closer look at the feet in this poem


U = short syllable; / = long syllable; | = division between feet

Amphibrachic trimeter example

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