Rhythm

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Rhythmic pattern in poetry is used to make it easier on the ear. Different types of poetry have different rhythms and free verse poetry despite not following a particular pattern still uses rhythm in each line to drive the poem forwards. 

Some forms of poetry require a particular rhythmic pattern:

Sonnets use a rhythmic pattern called iambic pentameter which means the line has 10 syllables in 5 pairs. In each of these pairs the emphasis is on the second syllable like a heartbeat. You could play the sound of a heartbeat or ask the children to feel their pulses to understand this. 

Rap poetry has a syncopated rhythm with the emphasis often falling on an unexpected beat.

The rhythmic qualities of a poem are best discovered when poems are read aloud.

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