Wilson, Douglas, and Nathan D. Wilson. The Rhetoric Companion: A Student's Guide to Power in Persuasion. Moscow, Idaho: Canon, 2011.
Lesson 23, “The Rhythm of Words: 2.” pp. 115-118
After a foray into poetry writing, Wilson suggests that prose also has meter. The meter of prose, however, is much more free. Just as words have meter, Wilson affirms that thoughts have meter. The thoughts draw the reader or listener through an argument while the words draw the reader through the expressions of the argument. Wilson illustrates how various ways of expressing the same idea may fit different situations (Wilson 2011, 116). In a larger speech event, the writer will use rhythm and meter, spee, hesitation, and fluidity at the best times to accomplish their purposes (Ibid., 117).