Romeo and Juliet. Verse or Prose?. Blank Verse. Unrhymed lines of iambic pentameter Remember iambs—unstressed syllable (noted as ( ˘ ) followed by a stressed syllable (noted as /) And pentameters—five feet of stress marks?
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Verse or Prose?
Unrhymed lines of iambic pentameter
Remember iambs—unstressed syllable (noted as (˘)followed by a stressed syllable (noted as /)
And pentameters—five feet of stress marks?
Which leaves us—five unstressed syllables, each followed by a stressed syllable
˘ / ˘ / ˘ / ˘ / ˘/
These lines shows where the feet are
In this case, there are five iambs—making pentameter
Feet are determined by the type of syllable pattern—
Identify the syllable pattern
count ‘em up and give ‘em a prefix
and add the word meter
˘/ ˘/ ˘/ ˘/ ˘ /
Two house holds, both a like in dig nity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
Reinforces character rank (importance)
The aristocratic characters speak in blank verse (those who are wealthy and important in town)
Minor characters or comic characters will speak in prose.
Prose is normal writing that sounds like normal speech (what we see most of the time—what you are reading right now)