I’m not sure I’ve got the hang of the explanation of Gerard Manley Hopkins’ Sprung Rhythm as explained at http://dversepoets.com/2012/05/17/formforall-sprung-rhythm/ .
I have always counted stresses rather than syllables, so that part is not a problem, but to me “The Caged Skylark”, http://www.bartleby.com/122/15.html described in the notes as “Falling paeonic rhythm, sprung and outriding”, reads like a rather lumpy attempt at iambic pentameter. I hasten to add that the sense of the poem is wonderful.
I shall, therefore try my best to be lumpy, too, but don’t count on it.
Sigh, with a sigh uncomprehending,
groan at the bitter ache of my despair;
inability to fathom this sprung rhythm,
balance it with what I know of meter.
Monosyllable, that I understand—
if trochee, dactyl, spondee are allowed
then why not iamb, amphibrach or anapest?
Hopkins, it seems, can do no wrong—
syllables with stress can come most any place—
he it is who sets these half-baked rules.
Sprung rhythm, as defined, is no rhythm
anarchic prosody’s not poetry to me.