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21Jul/21

What is the significance of rhythm in music?

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5 Ways Rhythm Engages Your Eye

Arguably his most well-known sonnet, “Sonnet 18,” indeed follows this rhythm. As explained above, iambic pentameter has ten syllables per line, starting with an unstressed syllable and alternating every different syllable with stress.

In an analogous method musicians speak of an upbeat and a downbeat and of the “on” and “off” beat. These contrasts naturally facilitate a twin hierarchy of rhythm and depend upon repeating patterns of duration, accent and relaxation forming a “pulse-group” that corresponds to the poetic foot. Normally such pulse-teams are defined by taking probably the most accented beat as the first and counting the pulses until the subsequent accent (MacPherson 1930, 5; Scholes 1977b). A rhythm that accents one other beat and de-emphasises the downbeat as established or assumed from the melody or from a preceding rhythm is known as syncopated rhythm.

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