@nuetrobolt Meter isn’t needed in a poem, it’s just one way to write it. 🙂
@andrew I’m going to try to quickly explain meter the best I can:
In English words we have syllables: “Nap-kin” – that’s two syllables there. Notice though that when you say it you stress the first syllable. “NAP-kin,” – like that. Well to use meter in poetry, you take advantage of that and create a beat in your writing. For example here is the first line of one of my poems:
“I met among the golden stars a man who said he traveled far.”
When you read that pattern created from stressed syllables is: “DA da DA da DA da” etc.
“i MET a-MONG the GOLD-en STARS a MAN who SAID he TRAVEL-ed FAR”
That is the basic meter pattern (DA-da-DA-da-DA-da) but there are others.
Does that make sense? Do you have any questions?
The nice thing about having meter is that it flows well and sounds smoother.