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In poetry, a dimeter /ˈdɪmɪtər/ is a metrical line of verse with two feet. The particular foot, of course, can vary.

Consider Thomas Hood's "Bridge of Sighs:", in which the lines are of two feet, each composed of three syllables:

Take her up \\ tenderly,
Lift her \\ with care,
Fashioned so \\ slenderly,
Young and \\ so fair.

Also, the first line of William Wordsworth's "We Are Seven":

A simp \\ le Child[1]


  1. ^ Greenblatt, Stephen (2006). The Norton Anthology of English Literature. 8th ed. Vol. D. New York: Norton. p. 248.