D is for Dactyl


A metrical foot consisting of an accented syllable followed by two unaccented syllables; the words “poetry” and “basketball” are both dactylic. Tennyson’s “The Charge of the Light Brigade” is written in dactylic meter.*


Into the Valley Relentlessly


Tennyson’s name is dactylic and

Powering into the cavalry riding in

Symmetry into the broken lines

Forcefully facing foes orderly

If much less pow’rfully


Others have dactyl-ly crafted this

Metred way so that a moving sound

Makes rhythm stronger thus

Aiding the pounding desired in the



Dactyl for your verse and also

In mine