Sunday, April 8, 2007

iambic pentameter

BLANK VERSE is unrhymed iambic pentameter. IAMBIC PENTAMETER is a series of stressed and unstressed sylables, for a total of ten sylables per line. (example: a HORSE, a HORSE, my KING-dom FOR a HORSE!)example of blank verse: That I did love thee, Caesar, O, 'tis true:If then thy spirit look upon us now,Shall it not grieve thee dearer than thy death,To see thy Anthony making his peace,Shaking the bloody fingers of thy foes,Most noble! in the presence of thy corse?Had I as many eyes as thou hast wounds,Weeping as fast as they stream forth thy blood,It would become me better than to closeIn terms of friendship with thine enemies.Pardon me, Julius! Here wast thou bay'd, brave hart;Here didst thou fall; and here thy hunters stand,Sign'd in thy spoil, and crimson'd in thy lethe.O world, thou wast the forest to this hart;And this, indeed, O world, the heart of thee.How like a deer, strucken by many princes,Dost thou here lie!-from Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar'

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