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Subject - Rhyme & Rhythm

Each of these poems have an interesting use of rhyme or rhythm.

Poetry is a projection across silence of cadences arranged to break that silence with definite intentions of echoes, syllables, wave lengths. - Carl Sandburg


  1. The Destruction of Sennacherib by Lord Byron

    The pairs of unstressed syllables throughout this poem give a rapid movement to the lines which imitates the poem's action.

  2. Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
  3. The Collar by George Herbert

    randomly-patterned rhymes and wildly-varying line-lengths to suggest the disordered, confused life of one who rejects God, just as the regular rhythm and rhyme patterns of the last four lines to suggest a return to God

  4. The Windhover by Gerard Manley Hopkins

    long rising and falling rhythms throughout the octave of this sonnet imitate the dipping and soaring motion of the falcon as it glides on the wind

  5. Spring by Gerard Manley Hopkins

    repetition of consonant and vowel sounds throughout this poem (as he does in all his work) to create a rich musical texture

  6. Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount by Ben Jonson

    By grouping a number of stressed syllable together (e. g., nine of the ten syllables of the first line are stressed), Jonson creates the slow rhythmical movement which this poem describes

  7. All day I hear the noice of waters by James Joyce

    the repetition of the long vowel sound "o" in all the rhyming words of this poem as well as the repetition of the word "water", imitates the endlessly repetitive sound of ocean waves

  8. Snow-Flake by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    a subtle exercise of sound and rhythm

  9. Sunlight On the Garden by Louise MacNeice

    This poem is not on the Poets' Corner site, but since it is one of my favorites, I'm taking license to link to a site which has it.

  10. The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe

    an eerie tale of an anguished man haunted by the memory of his lost love

  11. The Siege of Belgrade by Alaric Watts

    An Austrian army, awfully arrayed,
    Boldly by battery besieged Belgrade.

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The quotes from Carl Sandburg on the heading of some of the subject pages are from his book of poems, Good Morning America.

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