A Reading Birthday
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Students - this poem is written in rhyming couplets, meaning that each pair of lines rhymes. Each line in this poem has eight beats, except for line three which has seven. How do I know this? I know this because I am constantly tapping out beats with my fingers, listening for the rhythms in my lines. Sometimes I change a whole line or set of lines because the beats do not sound right. The seven-beat line in this poem still sounded good to me, so I kept it even though it was the only one.
If you want to try writing a poem with a specific meter, go for it. Count out the beats as you go, and after you are finished, count them out again. See if any lines are way off. Sometimes I notice that one line is super-long, and I break it into two. It is a wonderful thing to be in charge of your own poem. You can make and break the lines however you wish!
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