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I’ve read a lot of poetry this year; some of you might say “too much” after solving today’s grid. That’s the excuse for the theme of this puzzle: the almost certainly misguided idea to merge movie titles and poetry terms and clue them with verses that illustrate the terms. For those of you who weren’t English majors, the terms are defined below.
- Anapest: A meter of two unstressed syllables followed by one stressed syllable
- Couplet: Two lines of verse, often in the same meter and normally rhyming, that form a unit
- Dactyl: A meter of one stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables
- Iamb: A meter of one unstressed syllable followed by one stressed syllable
- Stanza: A grouping of lines (often, but not necessarily, four) in a standalone unit within a poem
I promise Wednesday’s MMM will be rhyme-free!