The Dispondee is a tetrasyllabic metrical foot used in metered poetry. In classical poetry of the Greeks and Romans the Dispondee consists of four long syllables. In English poetry it consists of four stressed syllables as shown in the Table below.
Don’t expect to find poems made up of the Dispondee foot entirely. However, you are bound to see the Dispondee foot tramping along with other foot types in verses of poems. This is true with respect to the poem, “Ode to Black Pudding and Souse” written as an Irregular Ode in Pentameter with nine stanzas. The Dispondee is found in the following verses of the poem. Take a look.
Stanza 1, Verse 4
Rope leashed black-belly sheep and goats, to graze
Stanza 2, Verse 1
Those cane-sucking youths watched Broomfield's sweet teeth
Stanza 3, Verse 1
Once each month early a Saturday morn,
Stanza 4, Verse 13
Spare ribs, ham, bacon served in posh housetops.
Stanza 5, Verse 7
Pam Smith-Skeete cleaned ears, tails and sow's trotters;
Stanza 6, Verse 6
On hell's ground, pig wailed 'oink, oink damned tyrant';
Stanza 7, Verse 11
Stanza 8, Verses 1, 2
For hours henceforth guts steep with salina;