A 'spondee' is a point of stress in words used in a poem, which adds value to the usage in the meter of the poem. Typically a spondee is comprised of a metrical foot of two long syllables, the use of which is qualified by the amount of stress placed on the syllables. This is very similar to classical theatrical spoken oratory, notably Shakespearean oratory, where a statement contains strongly emphasized words in selected lines. This is a highly articulated form of poetry, designed for declamation by expert speakers. It provides also a rhythmic function, with a clear beat.
Examples of Spondee: