Reader’s Journal: Rhythm and Meter in Poetry

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Based on your reading of poetry this week and your understanding of and appreciation for rhythm and meter in poetry, discuss how rhythm and meter contribute to a poem’s power. Select a rhythmic poem as an example for your ideas in response to these questions:
How does rhythm and meter contribute to the meaning of this poem?
How does rhythm and meter contribute to your enjoyment of this poem? What would the poem be like if it were exactly the same, but lacked the rhythmic elements?
Why do so many poets choose to use rhythmic elements in their poems? What is it about our culture that appreciates and demands rhythm to poetry?
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