In this lesson, students will learn about rhyming scheme and rhythm, how to identify the rhyming scheme in poetry and why it is used and how it helps to create rhythm in poetry.
1. Introduction to Poetry Rhyme and Rhythm
2. Students will… • Learn about what rhyme scheme is, how it’s used, and why it’s used. • Be able to identify rhyme scheme in poetry. • Understand rhythm and how rhyme helps to create rhythm in a poem.
3. Rhyme scheme • A rhyme scheme is the pattern of rhymes at the end of each line of a poem or song. It is usually referred to by using letters to indicate which lines rhyme; lines designated with the same letter all rhyme with each other.
4. How Rhyme Scheme Works In Poetry Of a Winter Evening By Robert Frost The winter owl banked just in time to pass - A And save herself from the winter glass. - A And her wide wings strained suddenly at spread - B Caught color from the last of evening red - B In a display of underdown and quill - C To glassed-in children at the window sill. -C
5. Let’s Try Another One Dreams By Langston Hughes Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow.
6. The word rhythm is derived from rhythmos (Greek) which means, “measured motion”. Rhythm is a literary device which demonstrates the long and short patterns through stressed and unstressed syllables particularly in verse
7. More on Rhythm • Different poems will have different rhythms. The rhythm determines the pace in which a poem is suppose to be read at and what parts are more stressed then others.
8. For example • Compare the beats and how people dance to different types on music. People will dance differently to salsa music versus rap music or slow music. Rhythm in poetry is very much the same way. It can go fast or slow depending on how it is written.