AskDefine | Define dimeter

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Noun

  1. A line in a poem having two metrical feet.
  2. A poetic metre in which each line has two feet.

Extensive Definition

In poetry, a dimeter is a metrical line of verse with two feet. Consider Thomas Hood's "Bridge of Sighs:"
Take her up \\ tenderly,
Lift her with \\ care,
Fashioned so \\ slenderly,
Young and so \\ fair.
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