Rhythm is the pattern of stresses within a line of verse. All spoken word has a rhythm formed by stressed and unstressed syllables. When you write words in a sentence you will notice patterns forming.
Stressed syllables - long sounding
Unstressed syllables - short sounding
Meters are the pattern of feet within a sentence
Feet are individual units of rhythm made up of patterns of syllables. A sentence is made up of one or more feet.
Monometer - 1 foot:
Dimeter - 2 feet:
Trimeter - 3 feet:
Tetrameter - 4 feet:
Pentameter - 5 feet:
Hexameter - 6 feet:
Rhythm is a natural effect within poetry. The meter of a sentence and which feet used to make that sentence are what give the poem its effect and flow.
Why don't you write a poem and enter it into one of our poetry competitions.
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