What is Rhythm in Poetry? - Definition & Examples


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Rhythm is the ______ in poetry.

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1. Each unit of meter, or specific syllable, in a line of poetry is called a _______.

2. In the Emily Dickinson poem 'Will There Really be a Morning?', the meter is _________.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

If you have a favorite poem, be it lyrical or spoken word, the rhythm of the poem is likely what helps you to recall it so easily. This quiz will test you on how rhythm impacts poetry, as well as on certain examples of poems.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

When it comes to this quiz's subject, the goal is to test your ability to:

  • Understand what rhythm is in poetry
  • Recognize a rhythm term when given its definition
  • Identify the type of meter in a given poem
  • Determine the importance of rhythm in a poem

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw from the most pertinent information in the lesson on rhythm in poetry
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding types of meter
  • Knowledge application - use this information to successfully answer questions about the relation between rhythm and poetry

Additional Learning

Want to know more about rhythm and poetry? The lesson, What is Rhythm in Poetry? - Definition & Examples, covers the following objectives:

  • Provide examples of meter used in poems
  • Use existing poems to demonstrate examples of rhythm
  • Define kinds of rhythm, including iamb, trochee, spondee, anapest and dactyl