Iambic Pentameter and Other Terms #WondrousWordsWednesday — 9 Comments

  1. Only iambic pentameter was familiar. I am glad I just like poetry and don’t often have to analyze it. Maybe reading out loud helps to understand the light and heavy stresses in a certain line of poetry.

  2. Hi Joy,

    Unfortunately, poetry was not part of the English Literature syllabus when I was studying, so none of your terminology was known to me.

    Whilst I don’t typically read non-fiction, I always have a few poetry books around the house and will often browse them as the mood takes me.

    I have of course, noticed the stress beats in the poems I have read and thanks to your excellent post, now know exactly how to interpret them, although I shall still tend to simply enjoy a poem for the emotion it evokes, rather than the technicalities of the way it sounds.

    This sounds like a great book for the more serious poetry aficionado, but does throw up some excellent words for a WWW post. Thanks for sharing,


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  4. This is another great review, Joy. Like Kathy, I know iambic pentameter because of Shakespeare, particularly his sonnets. (The couplets and quatrains come in there, too.) I’ve studied these words before, but lots of the meanings were lost. Thanks. Pinning!!

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