Discussion 3.2: Music and Sound: Words, Rhythm, Rhyme

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Our discussions will help you complete Assignment 3 of your Poetry Portfolio, found on the Unit 3 Portfolio Instructions page. In this discussion you'll think about how poems sound. What difference, if any, do you hear between a song and a poem?

Begin by reading "We Real Cool" by Gwendolyn Brooks (887) and "Here a Pretty Baby Lies" by Robert Herrick (645). Compose a short post in which you analyze these poems in terms of their prosody. How do they sound? Do they have rhythm or meter? Tell us which musical devices they use (possibilities: stanza, rhythm, rhyme, sound effects, repetition, assonance, alliteration). How do these musical devices contribute to the meaning or the emotional impact of the poem?

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