Shakespeare’s Language Meter : a recognizable rhythm in a line of verse consisting of a pattern of regularly recurring stressed and unstressed syllables. Foot/feet : a metric "foot" refers to the combination of a strong stress and the associated weak stress (or stresses) that make up the recurrent metric unit of a line of verse. Iamb : a particular type of metric "foot" consisting of two syllables, an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable ("da DUM"); Iambic pentameter : A ten-syllable line consisting of five iambs is said to be in iambic pentameter ("penta" = five).-Its stress pattern (five pairs of unstressed/stressed syllables) is conventionally represented U /U / U /U / U / -Example: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” (Sonnet 18). As you read this line aloud, listen for the stress pattern: da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM (i.e. shall I com PARE thee TO a SUM mer’s DAY ?). Troche
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