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Rhyming Format

posted Jan 17, 2011 17:42:21 by kelkleine
This poem has lines that rhyme, but some lines are not in specific order. I believe this may be because at first, when the statue was built, it was mighty and strong which you could tell by the words on that statue. Then everything was in order and the builder was feeling good about it. But now, it is old and alone in the desert. It is crumbling and falling apart, kind of like the poem’s format. The parts that do not rhyme in specific order could be a result of the statue crumbling and getting old and out of order.
The structure of the poem is a result of time passing. Eventually, after enough time has passed, things fall apart and do not go in order like they were planned to. This is just kind of the way life works as a whole.
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kelkleine said Jan 18, 2011 01:22:32
What is the rhyme scheme of this poem? (AABB, ABAB...etc.) At what point in the poem do you start to see the rhyme scheme break down? What words seem out of place? Even if you find a minor example, your point is still valid!
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tparsons93 said Jan 18, 2011 15:54:16
I think that the phyme scheme is ABAB for the most part. The times when the poem breaks down and does not rhyme in that form is when the king starts becoming less important. The words "and sneer of cold command" in line 5 kind of seem kind out of place to me. Maybe it's because I'm not sure what it exactly means. Also the words "colossal wreck" do not make much sense to me and I think the poem would be fine without them.
JewFro123 said Jan 19, 2011 16:40:34
I agree with you teacher.
I'll get right to the point,
You could be a preacher.

In the rhyme scheme above, I used ABA. Shelley used a rhyme scheme of ABACADEDFEGHGH. In the first stanza, "ABACADED" is very uniform and has a nice rhyme to it. I like that you pointed out that this relates to the "structure" of the king and was done on purpose. In the end of the stanza, however, it becomes to crumble. When describing the "hand that mocked them, and the heart the heart that fed" (8) Shelley intentionally deserts her rhyme scheme much like the king's people deserted him. But, interestingly, Shelley picks back up her rhyme scheme in the end in line 12 and 14. The words "decay" and "away" are used to end the poem with a smooth flow, giving the reader a sense of exit.
ghostwriter500 said Jan 20, 2011 15:54:41
In the beginning the poem rhymes and flows nicely, then towards the middle of the poem it starts to lose its structure. Then at the end the rhyme starts to pick up again. I agree with JewFro123 when he says, "The words "decay" and "away" are used to end the poem with a smooth flow, giving the reader a sense of exit." I also think that the writer did this on purpose to end the poem smoothly.
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