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Iambic Pentameter

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Laura Chisnall

on 6 November 2012

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Transcript of Iambic Pentameter

Inversion - It is the meter that Shakespeare nearly always used when writing in verse.


- Most of his characters were written in Iambic Pentameter, apart from his lower class characters that would speak in prose. Iambic Pentameter It involves:

- Ten syllables in each line
- Five pairs of alternating unstressed and stressed syllables
- Each pair of syllables is called an iambus

The rhythm sounds like: What is Iambic Pentameter? Examples from The Tempest and his other work If mu-/-sic be / the food / of love / play on - Twelfth Night

Is this / a dag-/-ger I / see be-/-fore me? - Macbeth

Bee-seech/ you sir / be mer-/-ry: you / have cause - The Tempest Feminine Ending Shakespeare used to add an extra unstressed beat at the end of a line to emphasize a characters sense of contemplation.

This is known a feminine ending. This is used in The Tempest in Gonzalo's speech also: - This is the when the order of the stresses in some iambs occurs.
- It aids in emphasizing certain words or ideas. Laura, Edward and Wiktor Iambic Pentameter and its use in The Tempest Other notes: - It is unknown whether these speeches such as Gonzalo's speech in Act 2 Scene 1 would be delivered naturally or with emphasis on the words.

- Iambic Pentameter is used mostly throughout The Tempest due to the class of the characters who have speaking roles in the performance. The 'lower classes' are left on the boat to sleep. The mas - / ter of / some mer - / chant and / the mer - / chant ba-DUM/ba-DUM/ba-DUM/ba-DUM/ba-DUM
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