Spondee in Poetry: Definition & Examples


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Spondee is a metrical foot, or beat, with:

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1. Spondee ________ the pace of a line of poetry.

2. In The Song of Hiawatha, Longfellow uses both spondee and __________.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Spondee is a rare metrical foot in poetry, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of its form and use in specific poems.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on the following:

  • Syllables in a spondee
  • Spondee's effect on pace
  • The Song of Hiawatha
  • Use of spondee in Paradise Lost

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related literature lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Longfellow's use of spondee
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify the main characteristic of spondee

Additional Learning

To learn more about poetry, review the accompanying lesson titled Spondee in Poetry: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the meaning and use of spondee
  • Identify examples of spondee
  • Know important authors and texts