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Rhythm and Meter

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Victoria Cogswell

on 27 September 2016

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Transcript of Rhythm and Meter

Rhythm: any wavelike recurrence of motion or sound Foot: basic metrical unit
Line: the secondary unit of poetic measure
scansion: 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. Meter:
In written work:

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. MEASURED Remember-- rhythm When poets use a particular
pattern of stressed and unstressed
syllables, we call that pattern meter in verse
number of feet Identifies the in the
poetic line stanza: 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
language. Remember-- the meter should serve
the meaning of the poem,
not the other way around
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