I am doing a research, I want to know who has invented the English poetry rules like meters (Iambic, Torchee, ...) and feets; who has discovered that some feet are (Stressed, Unstressed) and others are (Unstressed, Stressed)

You may provide me by a resource so that I can investigate more.

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    There aren't any "rules" for English poetry. Different terms to describe what people have done, such as 'iambic pentameter' have been made up or adapted over time as they were needed. Rhythm in words pre-dates English by a long time. May 13, 2018 at 15:56
  • Ok, where did "Iambic, Torchee, .." come from?!
    – Taha Magdy
    May 13, 2018 at 16:36
  • Iambic: 1580 according to the OED. May 13, 2018 at 16:44
  • Does this mean that English poems are described by the Greek prosody tools?
    – Taha Magdy
    May 13, 2018 at 17:24
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    Greek prosody, as far as I know, uses quite complex rules about stress that don't directly relate to syllables as we know them. What I know about English comes from the OED (The Oxford English Dictionary) a multi-volume (if it is printed) tome that I usually access online to trace the origins of words. May 13, 2018 at 19:30

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Research project, huh, Taha? :)

Well you can't beat a bit of eclectic searching on the internet for that kind of thing.

Here's a wonderful (and succinct) page I found on the web that offers a starter-for-ten: http://www.improve-education.org/id49.html

Here's what I'd do:

  • go to that link
  • read what's written
  • use the names there as a basis for further search and research
  • own everything you read by adding your own style to what you understand
  • Have fun as you do it. :)
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    I have to read a lot then :"D Thank You so much.
    – Taha Magdy
    May 16, 2018 at 16:17
  • Huh! Which sorry person just voted down the accepted answer and the only one that was given to this question?! Nice for what.
    – robertcday
    May 23, 2018 at 20:57

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