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May 17, 2015

for better for verse

Perhaps your poetic preferences don’t run to traditionally-metered verse. But whether your words rhyme or not, an understanding of meter can help you hear the music in any text and make you a better reader-aloud of your own poetry.

The University of Virginia Department of English offers an online tutorial that is both easy to use and instructive: for better or verse. The site includes a collection of some five dozen poems and an interactive tool that allows you to test your understanding of meter. There is a glossary of relevant terms and some poems also have audio links. The Instructions are detailed, helpful and a good place to start.

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