The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms - Ross Murfin 2018


Dimeter: A line of verse consisting of two metrical feet.

EXAMPLES: The lines “The clock struck one / And down he ran” from the nursery rhyme “Hickory, Dickory, Dock.” Thomas Hardy wrote a number of poems entirely in dimeter, such as “To Lizbie Browne” (1901):

Dear Liz│bie Browne,

Where are│you now?

In sun,│in rain? —

Or is│your brow

Past joy,│past pain,

Dear Liz│bie Browne?