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Transcript of Iambic Pentameter
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
The following lines are from the translated version of Chaucer’s
The Canterbury Tales
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.
Develop an understanding of IAMBIC PENTAMETER in order to further understand how Chaucer (and other authors) used it to stress points in their writings.
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fit? Check it:
How about this?
Perhaps this one?
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:
What if it was like this?