Poetry Terms!

Rhythm

What is Rhythm Poetry?

Rhythm Poetry is: Recurring language features, usually features of sound such as stressing syllables. Although difficult to define, rhythm is understood by the ear and brain. It involves qualities of movement, repetition, and pattern and are from the poem’s nature as a structure. Rhythm, by any definition, is essential to poetry. When rhythmic patterns are added, the reader gets a better sense of emotion and feeling.

An Example of Rhythm Poetry

My papa's Waltz by Theodore Roethke

We romped until the pans

Slid from the kitchen shelf;

My mother's countenance

Could not unfrown itself



The Bold parts show why it is rhythm.