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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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romeo and juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Verse or Prose?

blank verse
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?

Which leaves us—five unstressed syllables, each followed by a stressed syllable

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What?

˘ / ˘ / ˘ / ˘ / ˘/

unstressed

stressed

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

from the prologue
From the Prologue

˘/ ˘/ ˘/ ˘/ ˘ /

Two house holds, both a like in dig nity,

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˘/ ˘ / ˘ / ˘ / ˘/

In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,

blank verse1
Blank Verse

Reinforces character rank (importance)

The aristocratic characters speak in blank verse (those who are wealthy and important in town)

anyone for prose
Anyone for Prose?

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)