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Rhythm and Meter

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Victoria Cogswell

on 2 October 2017

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Transcript of Rhythm and Meter

any wavelike recurrence of motion or sound
basic metrical unit
the secondary unit of poetic measure
the process of measuring verse
Three steps in scanning a poem are:

1.) identify the foot
2.) name the number of feet in the line
3.) describe the stanza pattern
is a musical quality produced by the repetition of stressed and unstressed syllables.
is a natural rise and fall
a. The arrangement of words in poetry
b. A particular arrangement of words in poetry, such as iambic pentameter,
c. The rhythmic pattern of a stanza, determined by the kind and number of lines.

Poetry/verse is "metrical"
Prose is generally "nonmetrical"

poetry is really a
spoken art transferred
to paper. Think about
how you say words and sentences. Some words get more emphasis or stress, as do certain syllables. This is what creates

in language.
When poets use a particular
pattern of stressed and unstressed
syllables, we call that pattern
in verse

number of feet
Identifies the in the
poetic line
the third unit of measurement
consists of groups of lines
whose metrical pattern is
repeated throughout the poem
prevailing *
*most consistently used.
Poets don't always follow
the rules!
This examples uses pentameter
throughout. It uses a variety of
types of feet, but relies primarily
on the iamb. Therefore, it is mostly
iambic pentameter
Iambic pentameter
is the most common
meter in the English
the meter should serve
the meaning of the poem,
not the other way around
In written work:
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