How many syllables are in each line?
In the chill spring air
clouds white with the full moon's light
move slowly, slowly.
The moon, the mountains, the leaves
The churr of a katydid.
Chickadees come to the feeder
in vain this morning.
A hungry squirrel?
A syllable is "a unit of organization for a sequence of speech sounds." In English, "a syllable is typically made up of...a vowel...with optional initial and final...consonants". The easiest way to determine the number of syllables in a word is to say it slowly and count the number of 'beats' the word has. You can also try resting your hand under your chin as you speak and count the number of times your chin drops. For instance, each word is one syllabe in the first two lines of your poem. Dispite the difference in word length, each word contains only one syllable. The word slowly, however, contains two syllables. Note the difference between the words spring and slowly. Spring has only one vowel while slowly has two. Sometimes a word has more than one vowel per syllable. For instance, the word mountains contains two syllable even though it has four vowels. Notice that with the word mountains the vowels are separated into two groups by consonants. The same separation can be found in the three syllable word katydid. Each group of consonants and vowels forms a separate syllable.