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- Should you ask me, whence these stories?
- Whence these legends and traditions,
- With the odours of the forest,
- With the dew and damp of meadows,
In the second line, "and tra-" is a pyrrhic substitution, as are "With the" in the third and fourth lines, and "of the" in the third. Even so, the dominant foot throughout the poem is the trochee.
- Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December;
- And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Perhaps owing to its simplicity, though, trochaic meter is fairly common in children's rhymes:
- Peter, Peter pumpkin-eater
- Had a wife and couldn't keep her.
Often a few trochees will be interspersed among iambs in the same lines to develop a more complex or syncopated rhythm. Compare (William Blake):
- Tyger, Tyger, burning bright
- In the forests of the night
These lines are primarily trochaic, with the last syllable dropped so that the line ends with a stressed syllable to give a strong rhyme or masculine rhyme. By contrast, the intuitive way that the mind groups the syllables in later lines in the same poem makes them feel more like iambic lines with the first syllable dropped:
- Did he smile his work to see?
In fact the surrounding lines by this point have become entirely iambic:
- When the stars threw down their spears
- And watered Heaven with their tears
- . . .
- Did he who made the lamb make thee?
Trochaic verse is also well-known in Latin poetry, especially of the medieval period. Since the stress never falls on the final syllable in Medieval Latin, the language is ideal for trochaic verse. The dies irae of the Requiem mass is a perfect example:
- Dies irae, dies illa
- Solvet saeclum in favilla
- Teste David cum Sybilla.