Rhyme Scheme–using letters to identify a pattern of end rhyme in a poem

Scansion—Measuring beat in lines of poetry.

Feet—A set of syllables with a beat.

Meter—Number of feet in a line

Iamb (2 syllables) unstressed/stressed pattern. For example, today, between, or again

*Iambic Pentameter – Most important form!  U /  U /  U /  U /  U /   (5 feet of iambs)  Used for most blank verse and sonnets.

Blank Verse—Poetry written in iambic pentameter without rhyme.

Trochee (2 syllables) stressed/unstressed

Example: sample

(compare how you say sample vs. today)

pyrric 2 unstressed syllables u u

anapest 3 syllables u u /

Ex. The Assyrian came down like a wolf on the fold

dactyl 3 syllables / u u  (Waterfall)

The following lines are examples of iambic pentameter:  See if you can find the beats…

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.

Here’s a video if you’re still not getting it…

In class we’ll look at the poem My Papa’s Waltz to further demonstrate these things.


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