Rhyme and Rhythm

Rhyme and Rhythm

When you read the two poems imagine that you are reading them out loud.

Try reading them at different paces and with different tones.

  • How does the use of rhyme and rhythm influence your reading of the poem?
  • Does the use of rhyme and rhythm link in with the time when the poems were written? For example, does one poet use rap to discuss the same issue as another poet who has used blank verse?
  • What moods do the two poems create? Do these arise as a result of the poets? use of rhyme and rhythm?
  • Is one of the poems more accessible because of its rhyme and rhythm?
  • Does one of the poets use a particular technique more effectively?

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