How can I compose a poem using iambic pentameter and all these keywords: dagger, sleep, child, candle, bells and horses? * is it possible to give me an example using all these? cuz i really dont...

How can I compose a poem using iambic pentameter and all these keywords: dagger, sleep, child, candle, bells and horses?

* is it possible to give me an example using all these? cuz i really dont have any clue how to start and finish.. it doesnt have any minimum or maximum *

thanks!

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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These words seem as those they are taken from a Shakespearean play, so iambic pentameter should work well.  As you probably know, you will need 5 feet of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable.  All of the two syllable words above have the first syllable stressed and the second unstressed, so write down some other two syllable words that could reasonably go with these.

Perhaps you may want to write a poem that employs imagery--words that appeal to the senses.  Think of a metaphor that can control your poem-- most poetry has a controlling metaphor--and work from there. e.g. The hurried horses crossed the sky...(horses are a metaphor for clouds, maybe)

Jot down words, ideas, freewrite.  Don't be afraid.  Think of a story of knights, or one of Shakespeare's tragedies and write about one of the characters.  Experiment first.  Have fun!

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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Now child, to sleep, with rubbing eyes, you yawn more than a whale,

It's Christmas Eve, lets climb the stairs, I'll tell a Christmas tale.

About a boy who years ago went on a midnight ride,

To try to steal from Santa all toys that he could find.

Armed with sack and dagger he took his dad's great horse,

And rode bent low through wind and snow, to steal elf toys by force.

He soon was lost and cold and cross; thick fog, he could not see

His horse went lame, down came the rain and distant bells rang three. 

O! Foolish boy! Lost in the dark. This candle shines for you. 

Bad boys get zip from Santa. Just be good and he'll be true.

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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Light candle-lamps! Ring loud the bells! Awake this house! Awake!

Stand daggered guard o'er sleeping child; There's horses at the gate!

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