Jejudo, South Korea
Thanks to those who have read and are reading the above 'stuff'. Glad some of you are taking Nan's class. Even if you want to write free verse, the formal aspects of poetry (and indeed how the English language works) can help you control your language and create the poem you want to create.
Is everybody getting comfortable with the terminology yet? At the very least, you can impress friends with your erudition (or in my case, force them to gag me when I start talking about this stuff).
iambs and trochees are mirror images.
iamb -- x /
trochee -- / x
anapests and dactyls are mirror images.
anapest -- x x /
dactyl -- / x x
spondee and pyrrhics are opposites.
spondee -- / /
pyrrhic -- x x
Let's see years, tears, and fears -- sounds like they rhyme to me. But what really counts is how you say it. I think there is plenty of variation in the language to argue it if you so choose (in English, there are no rules, only general guides). Robert Frost said 'flower' as one syllable; I say it with two. I've had debates with other teachers on the syllable count of 'orange'. And meter, while some of it is pretty set, is certainly open for discussion and differences of opinion.
It's all how it sounds to you and how well you can describe what it is you actually say.