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Iambic Pentameter

Learning and Understanding Iambic Pentameter
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Lauren Ford

on 10 January 2014

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Transcript of Iambic Pentameter

The Language of Shakespeare
In Iambic Pentameter
Now what does that look like and sound like?!
Experience Matters
Partner Check
How to become a modern day bard:
Who else speaks in Iambs?
It's your turn...
But... Mrs. Ford I can't hear a beat?!
Now you can count Iambs...
Looks like this...
What is an Iamb?
Put it all together...
What about pentameter?
Iambic Pentameter
-Is a combination of stressed and unstressed syllables
-In poetry an iamb is a unit called "a foot"

Examples- betWEEN = iamb
maTURE
inSTEAD
has BEEN
*Stressed sounds are capitalized
-Penta means 5
*Think Pentagon

Therefore pentameter means the foot is repeated 5x
a meter or line
Iambic Pentameter is a line of poetry with
5 iambs in it!
How to hear an Iamb 101:

1) Make a galloping clap (2 claps, pause) while reading
2) Say daDUM

This will help you to discover how many Iambs your line of meter has
See if you can clap out or daDUM the rhythm of the following sonnet by Shakespeare himself!

Shall I compare thee to a summers day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sonnet XVIII
Shall I compare thee to a summers day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sonnet XVIII
What is a bard?
Try: Your parents!!!
This guy could sure
keep a beat
"So foul and fair a day I have not seen" (Macbeth. I.iii)
So foul and fair a day I have not seen.

Now we need to learn how to count beats...
So foul and fair a day I have not seen.
da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM
So foul/and fair/ a day/ I have/ not seen.
da DUM da DUM da DUM daDUM da DUM
Every time you say daDUM put a "/" to show the pause between the iambs
How many Iambs are in the previous line?
What is this called?!
Activity:
-With the person next to you
-Add a "/" between the iambs
-Underline all of the STRESSED syllables
Judgement call: Is this Iambic Pentameter?
Refresher Question:
Shakespeare is comparing a girl he loves to a summer's day .
What type of figurative language is this?
Names often times are given because they simply "sound good"

However that is because the "beat or meter" sounds good to the human ear!
Example:
William Shakespeare
George Washington
Lauren Rachael Yutzy
Is your name iambic?
Checked Out Activity:

Create three lines of Iambic Pentameter of your own!
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