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Titanic, by David R. Slavitt
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Sounds & Rhythm
Sound & Rhythm

The poem "Titanic" is not a poem that sounds like music in a song.  This particular poem does not have any type of rhyming such as near rhyme, off rhyme, slant rhyme, and approximate rhyme. 
The poem "Titanic" shows use of the lambic pattern which makes the poem sound like a normal conversation between two people. The Iambic foot starts with an unstressed syllable and goes to a stressed syllable and uses words like Titanic, Passage, crowds, died, first class which are all stressed and lay at the end of the foot.

Poems also use stressed and unstressed syllables to create patterns of rhythm known as meters.  Meters measure the dominant foot in each line and the number of feet in each line.  Here are the names of the lengths:

monometer:  one foot                                       pentameter:  five feet

dimeter:  two feet                                             hexameter:  six feet

trimeter:  two feet                                             heptameter:  seven feet

tetrameter:  four feet                                         octameter:  eight feet

Here is a brake down of the "Titanic":

Line 1: Iambic Trimeter
Line 2: Iambic Pentameter
Line 3: Iambic Dimeter
Line 4: Iambic Trimeter
Line 5: Iambic Tetrameter
Line 6: Iambic Trimeter
Line 7: Iambic Pentameter
Line 8: Iambic Hexameter
Line 9: Iambic Tetrameter
Line 10: Iambic Pentameter
Line 11: Iambic Tetrameter
Line 12: Iambic Trimeter
Line 13: Iambic Pentameter
Line 14: Iambic Tetrameter

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