Dactyl in Poetry: Definition & Examples

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A dactyl is a metrical beat consisting of:

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1. Some lines in Longfellow's epic poem Evangeline contain both ____ and ____.

2. A double-dactyl poem has which of the following characteristics?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you assess your understanding of the use of dactyl in poetry. To pass the test, you'll need to know the definition of dactyl and understand its uses.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on the following:

  • Definition of dactyl
  • Longfellow's poem Evangeline
  • Double-dactyl poems
  • How often dactylic meter is used in poetry
  • Examples of poems that use dactyl

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the use of dactyl in poetry
  • Making connections - understand the concept of dactylic meter
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as dactyl and spondee
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the stressed and unstressed syllables in dactyl

Additional Learning

To learn more about dactyl, review the corresponding lesson on Dactyl in Poetry. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the definition of dactyl
  • Review examples of dactyl in the poetry of Tennyson and Longfellow
  • Discuss the form of double-dactyl poetry
  • Learn to recognize dactyl in poetry
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