Dimeter: Definition & Examples


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A dimeter is any line of poetry that contains how many metrical feet?

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1. What sort of metrical foot can be used in a dimeter line?

2. Though not seen very often in English poetry, dimeters can sometimes be used by poets to illustrate…

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Dimeter is an important term in poetry, and this quiz/worksheet will help you test your understanding of its meaning and application.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the definitions, forms and poetic application of:

  • Dimeter
  • Metrical feet
  • Limericks

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define dimeter
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast types of poems in which dimeter lines can and cannot be combined with longer lines
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the effect and application of dimeter in poetry and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding poems that do and do not contain examples of dimeter

Additional Learning

To learn more about Dimeter in poetry, review the accompanying lesson on Dimeter. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define dimeter and understand its use
  • Explain limerick and understand its relation to dimeter
  • Understand the different forms of dimeter in relation to metrical feet
  • Compare iambic, dactylic and anapestic dimeter