In Wordsworth's "We are Seven," how is rhythm created in this poem as you read each line?
This poem has the rhythm of what we call ballad meter; this means that it is broken up into four-line stanzas, the first and third lines of which have four stresses or accents per line and the second and fourth lines of which have three stresses or accents per line. Ballad meter is also an iambic meter (which means that the predominant foot is the iamb—a group of two syllables: one unstressed followed by one stressed). Ballad meter also calls for an abcb rhyme scheme for each stanza which this poem doesn't quite have; it has an abab rhyme scheme (meaning that the first and third lines share an end rhyme and the second and fourth lines share an end rhyme). Let's look at the second stanza: I will put stressed syllables in bold and divide feet from one another with the "|"...
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