2.22 Stressed Out

Words are formed in soft (unstresssed) or loud (stressed) syllables. For example, the word meter is broken into two syllables: me (stressed) and ter (unstressed). Poets are all about manipulating words to make the best use of a word’s sonic, or sound qualities. It’s waaaaay easier to pick up on syllables for individual words as well as the meter of a line, stanza or the entire poem when reading the piece aloud. Another advantage of reading a poem out loud is to pick up on the rhymes if the poem follows a specific rhyme scheme. Want to know a wacky fact about language and rhymes? More than two-thirds of the world’s languages do not use rhyme in poetry.

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