Meaning shaped by Rhyme

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The first lesson in this series explores how meaning is shaped by rhyme. In the lesson we also interview a poet. This lesson teaches the basic concepts of rhyme, rhyme scheme and syllables. At the end of the lesson, the rhyme scheme of “Mad Poem 16” by Mbongeni Khumalo is discussed. This example will help learners to see that the use of rhyming words helps the poet to build up rhythm and create meaning. Prior to showing this lesson, you may want to ask your learners what kind of person comes to mind when they visualise a poet. Jot down their suggestions on the blackboard. After you have watched the lesson, ask them how their stereotypes of a poet differed from the poet who was interviewed in the lesson. This will help them to realise that poets are not necessarily the type of people they imagined.
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