Meter • The measured arrangement of words in a line of poetry. Usually measured by accentual (stresses) rhythm, or the number of syllables in a line. Uh…What? If I speak without meter I sound like… Let’s clap one of Romeo’s lines.
Counting Syllables • Two households, both alike in dignity, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 • In fair Verona (where we lay our scene), 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 • From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 • Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Being a metrical foot is pretty basic. Get 2-3 syllables together and I’ll show you some poetic rhythm. What’s an Iamb? • It’s a metrical foot. For example: It’s where you find an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one. I am so stressed out! ! I’m chill
Pentameter • Penta = five • Meter = well, we just learned that! So let’s think about this. What does Pentametermean?
Putting it all together! Iambic Pentameter Now for the yummy part! One color is unstressed and the other is stressed. Let’s color up some poetry!
Where do we find it? • Sonnets: 14 lines. Remember the rhyme scheme? The prologue is one. Remember that A Midsummer Night’s Dream prologue resembles a sonnet, but isn’t perfect. It almost seems like there are two sonnets because of the line count. The rhyme scheme is the same. • On the organizer be sure to note the rhyme scheme.
Where else? Important (main) characters speak in verse, and almost always in iambic pentameter. You may stumble upon some trochee (the opposite of an iamb). So be careful of your FEET. The ancillary characters (supporting roles) speak in prose. Meaning it has no defined rhythmic structure. Show me your work before you start to eat the candy.