Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
Not a bad idea at all, moose man. It may help to some degree.
Meter is never easy. For some people it comes more naturally, like Doc Moose and Elizabeth Santos, along with Kit McCallum. For others, it is torture!
The best way, of course, is to read your poem out loud and listen to where the accents fall.
Plan your meter. Do you want to write it in iambic?
i THINK that I shall NEver SEE
a POEM as LOVely AS a TREE.
ONCE upON a MIDnight DREAry
by the LIGHT of the SIlvery MOON
MANy a TEAR had to FALL
Perhaps you wish to combine them...iambic - anapestic - anapestic
i KNOW that i'll SEE her sweet FACE
whenEVer i COME to this PLACE
anapestic - iambic - anapestic
and i KNOW i'll FIND when she's NEAR
that my HEART will BEAT loud and CLEAR
The meter must be thought out and adhered to, religiously.
How does one get all the da-dums in the right places? My suggestion is...songs. Listen to and study songs. They almost always have the accents in the right places. They have to in order to maintain the rhythm. Sing along with them and pay attention to the accents. Write them down and discover what meters were used in their construction.
THEY asked me HOW i KNEW my true LOVE was TRUE,...................................A-I-A-I
I of COURSE repLIED, SOMEthing HERE inSIDE CANnot BE deNIED......................I-I-T-I-I-T-I-I
THEY said someDAY you'll FIND all who LOVE are BLIND,...................................A-I-A-I
WHEN your HEART'S on FIRE, YOU must REalIZE, SMOKE gets IN your EYES.....I-I-T-I-I-T-I-I
T=trochaic A=anapestic I=iambic...all lines begin with an accented syllable to begin the meter. You can see that them meter is exact and that's why the song sings so smoothly. It can be very interesting to dissect songs like this to understand why the construction makes them so lyrical.