okay in this video we are going to talk about poetic form we're gonna look at this poem specifically by kail young rice called from above so when we talk about poetic form we're talking about the way that a poem is structured through four things stanza line rhythm and rhyme so we're gonna look at those four things in this poem right here so please mark up the text with me using markers highlighters etc okay so the first thing we're gonna talk about is the word line so when I talk about lines in poetry I'm talking literally about one line okay so this is a line of poetry so in this poem we have three six nine twelve lines in the poem from above okay so that's easy enough to understand next one a stanza a stanza is a group of lines before break so we can see there are these three breaks between the stanzas so this right here would be stanza one this right here stanza two this right here stanza three this right here stanza four so we have four stanzas in this poem and twelve lines okay so that is part of this poems form the next two parts are a little bit trickier and we're gonna talk first about rhythm so in music there's always a rhythm or a beat so when you're listening to a song and you kind of tap your foot to a beat that's also called rhythm and poetry so rhythm and poetry is determined by its stressed and unstressed syllables so let's look at this first line I'm gonna use little markings to show which syllables are stressed and which syllables are not we're not gonna learn how to do this in this class because it's a little bit challenging but it's still to still mark me because it is interesting okay so what stressed do I care stressed so you can see these little straight lines mean the syllable of stress these little curd ones are unstressed so what do I care if the trees are there so you can hear the rhythm in this what do I care if the trees are bare there are four stressed syllables so it's a definitely a structured rhythm here you can hear it as I tap along ok so there is a structured rhythm in this poem so that is a part of its form so let's go ahead and write rhythm so you can tell if a poem has rhythm as if you are reading it and you feel like you can tap or clap along that's how you know if it has rhythm ok let's move on to rhyme ok rhyme is different than rhythm when words rhyme they sound the same right so we have gray way wood good etc ok so the the rhyme pattern how you can find this out is we can look at these lines what's do I care if the trees are bare and the hills are dark and the skies are grey bear dark and gray do not rhyme however we jump to stanza – what do I care for the chill in the air we can see that bear and air rhyme ok so they follow the same rhyme pattern AAA and the hills are dark for the crows that karke okay so they're following a rhyme pattern see how a and a match b and b match and the skies are gray at the ruffed rough winds way they're following C so the rhyme pattern for this poem would be ABC ABC we can see it again in these two stanzas right what do I care for the dead leaves there or the solon road to bear my load so enough the day is good by the song would there rhyme scheme continues here there in heart actually don't rhyme so the poet is purposely breaking the rhyme scheme here which is always for a purpose anyway so let's look label this here as the rhyme okay so here are the four main parts of a poem structure we have lines stanzas rhythm and rhyme so let's move down to this little chart here and go ahead and pause this video and see if you can answer these four questions on your own so go ahead and pause for a minute and fill it out on your own okay let's see how well you did so how many stanzas this is poem have ever we talked about it so let's back up here we have four stanzas okay we have four stand this how many lines are in each stanza if we look up here we have one two three do any of the lines rhyme we're gonna say yes and in parentheses go ahead and actually write down what the rhyme scheme is rhyme scheme means the pattern a rhyme in the poem it's ABC ABC ok then do the sentences always end at the end of a line you look here they actually don't right so what do I care for the chill in the air for the crows that cart at though went what rough winds way hey we can see this whole stanza as a sentence each line is not a SAN sentence so we're gonna go ahead and write no okay so knowing how to look for these four things in a poem is really important because it allows us to actually analyze the form and why a poet would choose to structure it this way so why the poet would choose to have force four stanzas three lines in each stanza why they would choose to rhyme certain words and why they would choose to can two sentences on to the next line okay so here we have the basics of poetic form

33 thoughts on “Poetic Form

  1. I got one.
    This poem is called: don't be so gloomy.

    Why so gloom,
    Flowers go bloom;
    Never no what to do,
    Make it true.

    Nothing is in the way,
    Is a beautiful day;
    Don't do killing,
    Let's go do horse riding.

  2. El dia. el dia de tu partida fue el dia que mediste una herida el dia. Me dijiste que no me queria fue el dia de mi vida el dia no sonria el dia si podia el dia que te queria el dia me lo savia el dia. Me guia el dia eres bien fria fue el dia que no eres mia..

  3. ุญู„ูˆ ู„ูŠ ุนุฑุจูŠ ู„ุงูŠูƒ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู„ูŠูƒู…

  4. I never understood before how to identify these things before…. But it's really great now I can figure it out in any poem…. Thanks alot

  5. My unit on poetry says its "what do I care By CARL rice young". Is there a mistake by the creator?

  6. Here's the poem I wrote:
    Gold;her velvet skin,
    That runs gracefully upon her limbs.
    The hooded almonds are her eyes,
    Her perfect pupils filled with silver lies.
    Her brow straight from an enchanted wood,
    Coloured chestnut and dark brown mud.
    Golden hair spun from straw,
    Her thick waves are what I do adore.
    Silver shone blindingly,
    Like Saturn rings of a shopping spree.
    Her lips rose and full,
    Heart-like shaped and seemed to smile every time.
    Her eyelashes so winged and full,
    So angled up like a dark Swan with grace.
    Her nails agleam,
    Glazed with ยฃ3.
    Her scents a cloud,
    That rains on us with magnolia.
    Her ears are paired with fancy chandeliers,
    Which could take away any ones flaws or fears.
    I could see the heart shape in her face, that's the thing I could trace, around which,
    She has the beauty but the thorns beneath,
    Like a rose.
    Only then did this come to a close.

  7. Thank you for illustrating one of my Great Uncle's poems. It never ceases to amaze me how his work quietly endures. Edmond Rice Shaw

  8. This is an extraordinary approach , a marvelous way to make students like poetry and thence read more poems.
    Thank you Katy Kanas!

  9. How do you determine whether a syllable is stressed or unstressed? Doesn't stress vary from speaker to speaker and from reading to reading? It seems that in discussions of poetic meter instructors always assume that syllabic stress is completely understood by all speakers and undeserving of any analysis at all (The feet are analysed, the stress itself is "decreed by god.").

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