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What is a Syllable?

A syllable is a single unit of written or spoken word, an unbroken sound used to make up words.

Examples of Syllables

One syllable words known as monosyllabic:

Cat, dog, car, sky.

Two syllables words known as disyllabic:

Ho-tel, Po-em, Chor-us.

Three syllables words known as trisyllabic:

Beau-ti-ful, met-a-phor, po-e-try.

More than three syllables words known as polysyllabic:

Ox-y-mor-on.

Syllables are used in poetry to give rhythm and depth to sentences.

Why don't you try writing a poem using syllables and enter it into one of our poetry competitions.

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