In a poem, a two-syllable unit of text that's pronounced with equal stress on both syllables is a spondee. Words like "childhood" and "woodchuck" are usually pronounced as spondees.

Like the iamb, the anapest, and the dactyl, a spondee is a metrical foot. Rather than structuring the meter of an entire poem, a spondee is more likely to show up as an irregular foot, altering the rhythm or adding interest to a line. If you read a poem out loud at a high volume, and you hear yourself placing equal emphasis on two syllables in a row, you might have found a spondee. Congratulations!

Definitions of spondee

n a metrical unit with stressed-stressed syllables

Type of:
foot, metrical foot, metrical unit
(prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm

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