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kaix | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 13, 2012 at 10:37 PM via web

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How can I discover what type of sound or rhythmical devices are used in poems?

I'm almost done with high-school and this year, I have a coursework on submitting five poem analysis. So as A teacher as told me, there needs to be Detailed information about the poems I write about. I'm stuck at the part where I need to write about what kind rhythm is used/ how many types of rhythm are there?

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 13, 2012 at 10:45 PM (Answer #1)

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Analysing the sound devices used in poetry is part of the study of what literary critics call “prosody.” There are two major types of sound device you should analyse with respect to your assigned poems.

Rhythm: English poetry can fall into regular rhythmical patterns (“metered” verse) or not fall into regular patterns (“free verse”). First identify if a poem has a regular pattern or not, and if it does have a regular pattern, you should “scan” the poem to determine its “meter” (the name literary critics use for regular rhythmical patterns).

Repeated sounds: Look for patterns of repeated sounds in poems. Repeated sounds at the ends of lines are called “rhymes” and many rhyme patterns have specific names (sonnet, villanelle, etc.) Other types of repeated sounds are called assonance and alliteration.

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