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Explore the Craft of Writing Light Verse Double Dactyl is nonsense verse in dactylic meter which helps the silliness along. It was created by 20th century American poet Anthony Hecht and the opening line of each poem in this verse form is often Higgledy Piggledy or a silly equivalent. The elements of the Double Dactyl are: stanzaic, framed in 2 quatrains. metered, L1-L3 written in dactylic dimeter (Suu/Suu), L4 is a trochee followed by an iamb. (Su/uS) rhymed xxxa xxxa x being unrhymed. composed with L1 is the words, Higgledy Piggledy (or silly metric equivalent) a