Anapaestic metre Anapaests and Dactyls Our Language Index Softly - An Adverb Poem

Brightly the moon beams her light from the sky

With her brightly lit servants, the stars, standing by.

    Brightly she shimmers on houses and trees

     And she searches out mice for the owl to seize.


Brightly her beams touch the dark world of night

But a quiet, gentle tenderness comes with her light.

    Brightly her moonbeams’ soft silvery rays

    Place a sweet, lacy nightcap on summery days.


Brightly she peers through your window and mine

As she lights up the room with her luminous shine.

    Her sparkling lights flicker on fast flowing streams

    As she kisses them softly with silvery beams.


Brightly street lights blaze in city and town

And in these lights the moon's rays most certainly drown.

      Her rays may be lost, but look skyward and see -

      Yes, she’s still gently smiling at you and at me.



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Show where I use personification in this poem and where do you see alliteration and assonance, a poet's tools?  Which letter brings a softness to words?  I use it a lot in this poem.  Why did I choose to write this poem in anapaestic tetrameter do you think?   Would a more bouncy rhythm have been better?  

Understanding and practising anapaestic tetrameter, which is used in this poem:  and read about anapaests and dactyls. This poem is anapaestic, but I start each verse on the heavy beat of 'Brightly' because it is the subject of my poem.  Otherwise the metre is: di di DUM di di DUM di di DUM.  Look at the second line of each verse.  I hope you like this poem and it might encourage you to write an adverb poem.

Dactylic Tetrameter Brightly - Page Heading Brightly - An Adverb Poem - Heading Josie's Voice Recording