The “Rhythm is Gonna Get You” — in prose and poetry.

Gloria Estefan’s declared that the “Rhythm is gonna get you.”

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We should remember to pay attention to rhythm and cadence when reading a romantic Shakespearean poem and when writing our own prose.

Watch this TedEd presentation about Shakespeare’s use of stressed syllables:

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Memorize this sonnet: (click to enlarge)

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Your assignment for today:

1. Memorize Sonnet *18.

2. Read someone else’s prose writing aloud.

3. Read some of your own writing aloud.

4. Listen for the cadence. Mix it up. An asymmetrical sentence structure is often more natural and helps to drive the reader forward.