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As with any poem that is set to music, the beat of the music quickly becomes one of the most notable devices. There are five emphasized beats in each line of "We Are the World," connecting the shorter lines at the end of the chorus to keep the beat going.
There comes a time when we heed a cer-tain call /
When the world must come to-geth-er as one (rest) /
There are peo-ple dy-ing And its time to lend a hand /
to life The great-est gift of all (rest) /
Repetition, as in the chorus of the song, is another common technique used in poetry.
While most of the song is written in free verse, the third stanza does incorporate rhyme, with the first two lines rhyming and the third and fourth lines rhyming.
The direct, simple, heartfelt language is the best kind of poetry - effective in communicating its message clearly and in a way that is immediately understood by the audience.
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