Rhythm


Definition of Rhythm:
The beat in a poem;the musical quality in language produced by repetition or emphasis.



Example of Rhythm:

From:
Because I Could Not Stop For Death, by Emily Dickinson

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.


From:
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.

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Rhythm poetry:
  • Definition of rhythm
  • Examples of rhythm
  • Examples of authors using rhythm
  • Explanation of how rhythm is used


Why are poetry examples important?

Studying examples of poems using various poetic devices like rhythm helps create an understanding of how those poetry terms work within different types of poetry.  For instance examples of poems using onomatopoeia can illustrate how sounds can be represented in poems.  Likewise, examples of poems using alliteration can shed light on how alliteration affects the rhythm of a poem.  Many poems can be an example of rhythm, but sometimes good examples are hard to find.  You'll find relevant, concise poetry examples here. 


Can Poems be examples of more than one poetry term?

Absolutely.  Examples of poems using hyperbole are also examples of figurative language, since hyperbole is considered a type of figurative language.  That's just one example.  Poems usually contain multiple poetic terms and devices like rhythm.  The poetry examples contained in this site often link to other poetry devices of which that poem serves as an example.  However, we provide unique examples for each poetry term wherever possible.

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See also:    Meter