The Importance of Rhythm in Poetry


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What is the term for a regular pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in poetry?

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1. Loud and soft syllables are called...

2. How can rhythm establish a formal tone in poetry?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Writers use rhythm to add verve, emotion, nuanced meaning and sound to carefully crafted lines of poetry. This lesson and quiz helps you understand the elements and role of poetic rhythm, and why rhythm has been described as the heartbeat of poetry.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The accents of words
  • The analysis of poetic rhythm
  • John Masefield's use of rhythm in his poem, Sea Fever
  • The relationship between poetic rhythm and tone
  • The rhythmic structure of poetry

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allows you to test the following skills:

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on the use and significance of rhythm in poetry
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to explain how rhythm can enhance the themes and imagery of poems
  • Making connections - examine how poetic rhythm creates a tone that shapes the expectations of listeners or readers

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson, The Importance of Rhythm in Poetry. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the different rhythmic patterns in poetry
  • Describe iambic and anapestic meter
  • Explain the role rhythm plays in poems that are part of an oral tradition
  • Recognize how rhythm supports other elements of a poem
  • Describe how breaks in rhythm can be used in poetry