What Is Iambic Pentameter and Why Does It Matter?

Originally published at: https://shanniiwrites.com/2019/04/18/what-is-iambic-pentameter-and-why-does-it-matter/

Confused about Iambic Pentameter? Well, here’s what it is and how it’s important!


Iambic Pentameter is still the worst for me :joy: When we learned about it in school, our teacher made us read the lines very slow and we had to emphasize on the stressed syllables. It just sounded so weird to me and I always asked why people do that. On of my classmates said that the poets want to torture us :joy:
But the post really helps with understanding! Until now, I thought it doesn’t matter which syllable is stressed, although we’ve learned several metres, I just never understood what makes them different from each other :sweat_smile:

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I know what it is conceptually, but I just have the hardest time actually telling patterns of stressed and unstressed syllables :sweat_smile: