If you love to write poetry and you are like me, you love to write in formal meter but are not completely comfortable with the rigidity of the meter. Yet, I bet many of you speak and write in rhythm without even realizing it. If you have ever recited Mother Goose rhymes, you recognize the swinging and swaying of the words.
Mary, Mary, quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockleshells
And pretty maids all in a row.
Which words in this nursery rhyme did you emphasize? Did a pattern emerge?
How about these lines?