A lesson about rhyme and meter, written in rhyme and meter…

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I am writing this poem to try and explain
~The meaning of meter and rhyme
~This meter I’m using is often amusing
~If Seuss is the source of the chime

But rather than bother with technical terms
Let’s look at the beats, on and off
The stressed beats, in red, are the on beats instead
And the off beats occur in the trough

The off beats I’ve coloured in pastel
I’ve chosen an orange and pink
You’ll see that I’ve put triple beats in each foot
It reads like a waltz don’t you think

da da DUM da da DUM da da DUM da da DUM
da da DUM da da DUM da da DUM
da da DUM da da DUM da da DUM da da DUM
da da DUM da da DUM da da DUM

Anapaestic, dactylic or triple
A rose called a weed smells as sweet
The name doesn’t matter, be it first, last or latter
So long as you stick to the beat

So now let’s put this beat in place
Ol’ Shakespeare liked to use this pace
Though he preferred pentameter
An extra foot (for the amateur)

You’ll see I’ve taken license here
To try and make my point more clear
But if you read and tap your feet
You’ll note we’ve got a marching beat

da Dum da Dum da Dum da Dum
da Dum da Dum da Dum da Dum
da Dum da Dum da Dum da Dum
da Dum da Dum da Dum da Dum

Iambic, trochee; both are duple
So for the attentive pupil
You will understand the names
In essence, all denote the same

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3 thoughts on “A lesson about rhyme and meter, written in rhyme and meter…

  1. Reblogged this on Earl Leonard – Music for Kids and commented:
    It’s been a focus of my teaching practice to be certain that my lessons in Music are explicitly connected to my students learning in their general classes.

    And rhyming picture books have been vital resources for achieving this goal.

    But they only work because I’ve a good understanding of the rules of rhyme and metre and how they apply to poetry, and sometimes differ in song.

    In this regard, I’ve learnt a lot from Jackie over the years, she is a master of not just rhyme but of explaining and giving good feedback to her `Pass It On’ followers and editing service clients.

    This educational poem is a particularly great example of her work and skills.

    Check it out!

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