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Iambic Pentameter

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Robert Beasley

on 15 October 2014

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Transcript of Iambic Pentameter

Iambic Pentameter is a style of writing in which there are ten syllables in each line that are in the following pattern:
Iambic Pentameter?
Today's Target
Reading Chaucer can be a burden in itself, but noticing the stressed syllables and reading it properly out loud might prove to be a very daunting task. So here’s our learning target:

Step One: Lose Yourself
from Chaucer:
The following lines are from the translated version of Chaucer’s
The Canterbury Tales
:
Through music...
Iambic Pentameter
a DUM da DUM da DUM
da DUM da DUM
Each “da DUM” is a foot (group of syllables); there are five “feet” (pentameter) in the line. Iambic is the type of metrical foot, and can be defined as an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. Therefore you have iambic pentameter.
When
Ap
ril
with
his
show
ers
sweet
with
fruit
The
drought
of
March
has
pierced
un
to
the
root

Develop an understanding of IAMBIC PENTAMETER in order to further understand how Chaucer (and other authors) used it to stress points in their writings.
Yes, we're listening to Eminem.
KEYWORD:
LISTENING
Iambic Pentameter?
Does
Lose Yourself
fit? Check it:
How about this?
Or this?
Maybe this?
Perhaps this one?
Your turn...
With a partner, take the song you have just received the lyrics for and see if it fits into Iambic Pentameter.
Remember the way it works:
da

DUM

da

DUM

da

DUM

da

DUM

da

DUM
unstressed
STRESSED
What if it was like this?
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