Elements of Poetry: Rhythm


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What is the term for the regular pattern of beats in a line of poetry?

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1. If a line of poetry is made of iambs and has eight syllables in the line, how many feet are in that line of poetry?

2. When using rhythm as a path to meaning in a poem, what should grab the reader's attention?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This combined quiz and worksheet will assess your knowledge of techniques that poets use to establish rhythm in a poem. Some of the details you will be tested on include the term for a regular pattern of beats in a line of poetry and what should grab a reader's attention when evaluating a poem's rhythm.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these tools to test yourself on:

  • Iambs, syllables, and feet
  • Effects of anapests in a poem
  • Emily Dickinson's 'Wild Nights!'

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concept of rhythm patterns in the context of specific poems
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the effect of rhythm patterns in poetry
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding terms for technical aspects of rhythm in a poem

Additional Learning

To ensure your understanding, review the corresponding lesson, Elements of Poetry: Rhythm. The following objectives can guide your understanding of the lesson:

  • Understand how rhythm can help establish meaning in a poem
  • Identify terms for common syllabic patterns in poems
  • Define tetrameter, pentameter, and spondees
  • Explore rhythmic patterns in 'Sea Fever' and 'An Essay on Criticism'