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'''Meter''' in [[poetry]] is the basic structure of a poetic line in terms of its beat or [[rhythm]]. It depends on the sounds and stresses of the syllables of the spoken words, as opposed to the meaning of the words. It is often broken up into smaller elements called [[feet (poetry)|feet]], and sometimes described as [[metron|metrons]], and the particular pattern of feet can be set to describe the meter of a line. It can be broken up with elements called [[caesura|caesurae]]. In an early [[epic]] system called [[dactylic hexameter]] by the bard [[Homer]] who wrote the ''[[Iliad]]'' and the ''[[Odyssey]]'', there are various rules which govern the structure of a meter, and by playing the sounds of the words against the rhythms, a poet can achieve a variety of effects. The Roman poet [[Virgil]] worked within the metric system and wrote the masterpiece ''[[Aeneid|The Aeneid]]''.
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