2.26 Trochaic Meter (Trochee)

This foot is a stressed followed by an unstressed beat, the trochee. A great example of how to hear this beat was told to me recently. Think of a military drill: LÉFT right  LÉFT right  LÉFT right  LÉFT right

Nursery rhymes often use this meter, as in Simple Simon: Símple Símon mét a píeman/Góing tó the fáir

(I would love to meet a pieman. I’m starving!)

Simple Simon met a pieman,
Going to the fair;
Says Simple Simon to the pieman,
Let me taste your ware.
Says the pieman to Simple Simon,
Show me first your penny;
Says Simple Simon to the pieman,
Indeed I have not any.
Simple Simon went a-fishing,
For to catch a whale;
All the water he had got,
Was in his mother’s pail.
Simple Simon went to look
If plums grew on a thistle;
He pricked his fingers very much,
Which made poor Simon whistle

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