Need Help?

Get in touch with us


Poetic Devices: Rhythm and Meaning

Grade 7
Aug 30, 2022

Poetic Devices: 

Comprehending the devices of poetry will guide you better to understand the synonyms of poems. 

Remember, generally in poetry, the meaning of the words isn’t literal. It’s figurative. 

The figurative language and symbolism are essential devices in poetry. However, there are other elements that help create images, rhythm and meaning. 

  1. Alliteration: 

The repetition of beginning consonant sounds 



Creamy and crunchy. 

Nodded nearly napping  

  1. Assonance: 

The recapitulation of vowel sound. 

Observe the repetition of the long “I” sound in the following example. 



Till the shining scythes went far and wide and cut it down to dry 

  1. Consonance: 

The recapitulation of consonant sounds (differs from alliteration because the sound can be anywhere within the word, not just the beginning. 


The singersings of ropes and things in ships upon the sea 

  1. End Rhyme: 

The words at the end of two or more lines of poetry that sound has same sound. 


She always had to burn a light  

beside her attic bed at night. 

  1. Rhyme Scheme: 

A pattern of lines that rhyme in poetry. 

There are many different common rhyme schemes: AABB, ABAB and AAAB (to name a few) 

  1. Internal Rhyme: 

The rhyming of words within one line of poetry. 


Jack sprat could eat no fat 

Peter Peter pumpkin eater.  


The use of a word that sounds like what it means. 


Buzz, gunk, gushy, swish, zigzag, zip. 


The repetition of a phrase or word to add rhythm or emphasize an idea. 


When I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, as of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. 


Line, lines or stanza repeated throughout a poem (like a “chorus” in a song) 

Quote the raven, “Never more.” 


A group of lines within a poem that go together. 

Stanzas may consist of anywhere from two or more lines. 


A four-line stanza 

Common rhyme schemes in quatrains are AABB, ABAB and AAAB 


I wish I had no teachers. that’s what I’d like to see. 

I’d do whatever I wanted to, and nobody ‘d yell at me.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s): 

  1. What are poetic devices?  
    Poetic device is a technique a writers use to produce a special effect on their poems. 
  1. Where should poetic devices be used?  
    Poetic devices should be used while writing a poem/poetry or prose. 
  1. What is Onomatopoeia?  
    The describing word that describes itself is called Onomatopoeia. 
  1. What is the example of stanza? 
    Stanza is a four-line common rhyme scheme in quatrain. 

           I wish I had no teachers. that’s what I’d like to see.  

           I’d do whatever I wanted to, and nobody ‘d yell at me 


Poetic Devices


Related topics


Exploring the World of Adjectives: Types, Usage, and Examples

What are Parts of Speech? Parts of speech determine words’ grammatical and semantic position in a sentence. Activity time The parts of speech are nouns, adverbs, conjunctions, pronouns, interjections, adjectives, articles, prepositions, and verbs. Identify the parts of speech of the underlined words in the following sentences. White- Adjective Big- Adjective    Exciting- Adjectives New- […]

Memoir writing

Memoir Writing: Basic Elements, Structures, and Types

Memoir: A memoir is a narrative written from an author’s perspective about a particular facet of his/her own life. ‘Memoir’ word comes from the French word ‘memoire’, which means ‘memory’ or ‘reminiscence’. Example Night: Elie Wiesel gives an account of how he survived his teenage years at Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps during World War […]

Identifying the main idea

Identification of Main Idea in Fiction and Non-fiction

Every story or paragraph or non-fictional text has at least one main idea. The MAIN IDEA is what the text is mostly about. (It is backed up or supported by SUPPORTING DETAILS) Before discussing how to find the main idea, we shall first look at TOPIC. Can you define a topic? A topic can be […]

Writing an Article

Writing an Article: Structure and Essential Tips

What is an article? Structure of Article Writing : Title : Draw the attention of readers with an attractive title and indicate the main topic of the article Introduction : Attract the reader’s attention with a sentence that gives a general presentation of the topic. Main Body : Between these sentences, the body should do […]


Other topics