A Complete (?) List of Metric Feet

In poetry, lines of verse are composed of metric feet. Feet consist of patterns of stressed and unstressed syllables which give lines certain rhythms. In this table of feet, we will use the symbol to indicate an unstressed or short syllable and the symbol to undicate a stressed or long syllable.

Name of FootRhythmRarity
AlexandrineUncommon
AmphibrachUncommon
AmphimacerUncommon
AnapestCommon
AntibacchusRare
AntispastRare
AsclepiadVery Rare
BacchiusRare
Bob or Uncommon
BrachRare
ChoreeUncommon
Choriamb or ChoriambusUncommon
CreticRare
DactylUncommon
Diamb or DiiambRare
DimacerUncommon
DispondeeRare
DitrocheeRare
DochmiusRare
Double IambUncommon
Double TrocheeRare
First EpitriteUncommon
Fourth EpitriteUncommon
Hemiepes or
Very Rare
IambVery Common
MacerRare
Major IonicUncommon
Minor IonicUncommon
MolossusRare
Primus PaeonRare
Proceleus maticus or ProceleusmaticRare
PyrrhusUncommon
Quartus PaeonRare
Sapphic or
Very Rare
Second EpitriteUncommon
Secundus PaeonUncommon
SpondeeUncommon
Tertius PaeonUncommon
TetrabrachRare
Third EpitriteUncommon
TribrachRare
TrocheeCommon