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Can someone help me use iambic pentameter on 2 lines of sonnet 23?I need to measure any...
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Yes, these two lines are written in iambic pentameter. Basically, an "iamb" is a term that is used to describe one unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable, such as when you say the word "again" - it is said as "a-GAIN" with the emphasis on the second syllable, not on the first.
"Penta" means "five", so "iambic pentameter" simply means five iambs, or ten syllables that follow the unstressed-stressed pattern. It is particularly noticeable in everyday speech, but meter is quite important in poetry.
For your two lines, I'll write them with the unstressed words in lower-case letters and the stressed syllables in caps - there should be ten total syllables in each line:
"as AN unPERfect ACtor ON the STAGE,
who WITH his FEAR is PUT beSIDE his PART."
Posted by sboeman on March 10, 2011 at 11:52 AM (Answer #1)
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