Form and Sound. Rhyme . Two words with the same end sounds are said to rhyme. Many poetic forms call for rhymes at the ends of lines. There are two types of rhyme. Perfect rhyme (exact rhyme) – weather and tether Near rhyme (slant rhyme) – weather and forever. Rhyme .
Two words with the same end sounds are said to rhyme. Many poetic forms call for rhymes at the ends of lines.
There are two types of rhyme.
Perfect rhyme (exact rhyme) – weather and tether
Near rhyme (slant rhyme) – weather and forever
The pattern of end rhymes within the poem is called a rhyme scheme. Certain poetic forms have very specific rhyme schemes that they must follow.
Rhymed words, by virtue of their repeated sounds and their placement at the ends of lines, can help to emphasize the central themes of a poem, or they can emphasize a contrast between two conflicting ideas.
A (rather silly) example:
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Alliteration often draws attention to the words that contain the repeated sound.
What other examples of alliteration can you think of? Do you see any in “Blackberry Eating”? (p. 588)
For thy sweet love rememb’red such wealth brings
Because I could not stop for Death
There are five iambs in this line from the sonnet we read (p. 598).
(1)For thy(2)sweet love (3)remem(4)b’red such (5)wealth brings
Therefore, we say that the poem is written in iambic pentameter (pent- means five).
A poem by Emily Dickenson poem repeats the iamb four times (p. 687).
(1)Because (2)I could (3)not stop (4)for Death
Therefore, this poem is in iambic tetrameter (tetra- means four).
Take a look at the poem “Jabberwocky” on p. 590.
How does this poem rely on other poems/stories about quests and adventures to help the reader make sense of it?
Do you think this poem relies more on sound and rhythm to create meaning then the others we read?
What do you make of all the “nonsense” words? Do some of them “make sense” anyway? Why?