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Bellwork 1/7/15: Copy the notes.

rhythm- the modulation of stressed and


unstressed syllables in the flow of speech and
poetry
foot- the basic unit of poetic meter, which is the
pattern of syllables in a poem.
meter- the more or less regular pattern of
stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of
poetry, determined by the kind of foot and the
number of feet per line

What sounds better?


We do not look similar to the people who work in show business
Movie stars look like perfect beauty queens.
OR
We don't look nothing like the people on the screen
You know them movie stars, picture perfect beauty queens
The second version is from Crooked Smile by J. Cole featuring
TLC, and it sounds better because it has rhythm and meter.
The poem we are looking at today has a similar message to
Crooked Smile.

Why rhythm and meter are


important:

Modulation in speech is very


important:

Lets practice identifying


rhythm

A trick I always use: first identify the


syllables, then mess around with the stresses
second.
For example: mistress. MIStresss, or
misTRESSS, or misTRESSs?

Lets figure out the rhythm of the


first two lines:
My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun;
my MIStress EYES are NOTHing LIKE
the SUN
Coral is far more red than her lips red;

CORal IS far MORE red THAN her LIPS red

In pairs:

Write on a separate piece of paper


shared by you and your partner.
Try to figure out the stressed and
unstressed syllables of I
Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.

i WANDered LONEly AS a CLOUD


that FLOATS on HIGH oer VALES and HILLS
when ALL at ONCE i SAW a CROWD,
a HOST of GOLDen DAFFoDILS;
beSIDE the LAKE, beNEATH the TREES,
FLUTteRING and DANCing IN the BREEZE

On your own:
Work on How Doth the Little Crocodile by Lewis
Carroll.

Partner up and compare notes!


If you disagree, discuss it until you reach a
consensus.

How Doth the Little Crocodile by Lewis Carroll


how DOTH the LITtle CROCoDILE
imPROVE his SHINing TAIL
and POUR the WATers OF the NILE
on EVEry GOLDen SCALE
how CHEERfulLY he SEEMS to GRIN
how NEATly SPREADS his CLAWS,
and WELcomes LITtle FISHes IN,
with GENTly SMILing JAWS!

On a half sheet of paper (share with a neighbor):


A heroic couplet is two lines of poetry that rhyme
AND are composed of five sets of iambs, which is an
unstressed syllable followed by a stressed
syllable.
Look at the final two lines of the sonnet:
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.
Are the last two lines a heroic couplet? Explain
your answer.

The rest of the class


period/homework:
Work on your own to figure out the stressed and
unstressed syllables for [My mistress eyes are
nothing like the sun] on your own piece of paper.
You will check your answers at the beginning of
class tomorrow.