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Monday, November 11, 2013 -Take a handout from the front table -You do not need a portfolio -Have a pencil out  . What is Iambic Pentameter?.

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### Monday, November 11, 2013-Take a handout from the front table-You do not need a portfolio-Have a pencil out 

What is Iambic Pentameter?
• For the following slides, we are going to ‘zoom in’ on a line from a poem, just like google maps, to identify all the components of Iambic Pentameter.
Line vs. Meter

Line is simply a line of poetry, a pretty or deliberate order of words.

Example:

Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

Meter is when a line of poetry has rhythm.

Example:

But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?

…think M for rhythM

By the pricking of my rule of thumb!

Line is not always Meter, but Meter is always Line.

…what’s that rule about squares and rectangles? same difference.

### But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?

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Five feet to a meter=

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Five feet to a meter=

Pentameter

…Think ‘Pentagon’

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BUM!

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BUM!

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BUM!

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BUM!

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BUM!

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BUM!

But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?

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Great!
• So now we know that Iambic Pentameter is:

A line of verse that is meter (which means it has rhythM)

Made up of five or Iambs

Each Iamb has unstressed or STRESSED syllables

Now…how do we figure it out?
• Count the syllables, does it have Ten?
• Apply the rhythm to those words. Does it sound smooth, does it flow, is it natural and complete?

If ‘yes’ to both questions, then ‘yes’ to IAMBIC PENTAMETER!!!!

Ba BUM!