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This includes the syllables in the lines. The best method of understanding this is to read the poem aloud, and understand the stressed and unstressed syllables.RHYTHM

"ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

All things bright and beautiful,All creatures great and small,All things wise and wonderful:The Lord God made them all.

Cecil F. Alexander

The meter serves as the metrical form of poetry. A poem is made up of blocks of lines, which convey a single strand of thought. Within those blocks, a structure of syllables which follow the rhythm has to be included.METER

"ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

The rich man in his castle,The poor man at his gate,He made them, high or lowly,And ordered their estate.

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A poem may or may not have a rhyme. When you write poetry that has rhyme, it means that the last words or sounds of the lines match with each other in some form. Rhyme is basically similar sounding words. Free verse poetry, though, does not follow this system.RHYME

"ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

All things bright and beautiful,All creatures great and small,All things wise and wonderful:The Lord God made them all.

Cecil F. Alexander

Rhyme scheme is defined as the pattern of rhyme. Either the last words of the first and second lines rhyme with each other, or the first and the third, second and the fourth and so on. It is denoted by alphabets like AABB (1st line rhyming with 2nd, 3rd with 4th) etc.RHYME SCHEME

"ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

All things bright and beautiful,All creatures great and small,All things wise and wonderful:The Lord God made them all.

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Stanza in poetry is defined as a smaller unit or group of lines or a paragraph in a poem. A particular stanza has a specific meter, rhyme scheme, etc. Based on the number of lines, stanzas are named as couplet (2 lines), Tercet (3 lines), Quatrain (4 lines), Cinquain (5 lines), Sestet (6 lines), Septet (7 lines), Octave (8 lines).STANZA

Example of Quatrain:

The purple headed mountains,The river running by,The sunset and the morningThat brightens up the sky.

All things bright and beautiful,All creatures great and small,All things wise and wonderful:The Lord God made them all.

Stanza 1Stanza 2

This is what the poem is all about. The theme of the poem is the central idea that the poet wants to convey. It can be a story, or a thought, or a description of something or someone.THEME

Often poems will convey ideas and thoughts using symbols. A symbol can stand for many things at one time and leads the reader out of a systematic method of looking at things.SYMBOLISM

My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold

My heart leaps up when I beholdA rainbow in the skySpring and daisies means youth in Sara Teasdales Wild Asters:In the spring, I asked the daisiesIf his words were true,And the clever, clear-eyed daisiesAlways knew.

A rainbow symbolizes hope and good things that are coming

This device is used by the poet for readers to create an image in their imagination. Imagery appeals to all the five senses. For example, when the poet describes, the flower is bright red, an image of a red flower is immediately created in the readers mind.IMAGERY

LYRIC 17

First, a poem must be magical,Then musical as a sea-gull.It must be a brightness movingAnd hold secret a bird's flowering.

Jose Garcia Villa