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    Iambic Pentameter - Write Two Lines

    I am studying a poetry theory book by Stephen Fry. One of the exercises in the book is to write single lines and pairs of lines of iambic pentameter which are unrhymed

    - That are conversational
    - some that are simple
    - some more complicated in construction
    - silly
    - descriptive

    If you are a new poet and unfamiliar with iambic pentameter check out Wiki (Iambic pentameter) and Poetry Kaleidoscope

    I challenge you to write two lines and share them to this thread. Who's going to be first?
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    Everybody else probably understands, but would it be possible to give an example?

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    I've never written a poem before, or at least not since grade school. But I like PIP so at the risk of being completely wrong and appearing somewhat... stupid, here goes.

    He promised freedom in a road called sea
    With a plan of illusion, and pocket of need

    Hey... I should get something for trying and if it isn't a footstep counting pentameter, feel free to start over.

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    this morning I forgot to eat my pork
    I took it with me on my bike to school

    (commiserate excruciating pain
    the agonizing disappearance hurts (that one is debatable))

    remember always step outside the box
    and eat a homemade cheesy roll instead

    (oops sorry, that's six, which two shall I keep? I'll delete the rest)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Freethesea View Post
    I've never written a poem before, or at least not since grade school. But I like PIP so at the risk of being completely wrong and appearing somewhat... stupid, here goes.
    Hey, don't worry. Iambic pentameter is harder than it looks.

    He prom/ised free/dom in/ a road/ called sea


    This one is correct

    With a plan of illusion, and pocket of need
    Stick to one and two syllable words at the moment. Think about the stressed accents and where they fall on the these words.

    i am crap at this.... summons Darren or one of our poetry mentors for a better explanation
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    Upon a clifftop drawing in my eye
    a lonely willow wept despairing tears.

    Ok, it's not exactly brilliant , but it is an example. Ten syllables per line. Syllables 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 are stressed.


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    I find this style of verse too long to use,
    And so because my lines are short I lose.

    (I know that on this thread lines should not rhyme,
    But for my part I do it all the time.)

    ... and I'm also fully aware that the stresses in the second couplet are probably wrong, but am I bothered? You only asked for one.
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    I have my hands, some paper and a pen
    Today I write a five feet blank verse poem
    (ehhhh.... isn't exactly right, but still fun)


    Today I write a five feet blankverse ode (thanks Phil : )
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    Quote Originally Posted by PiP View Post
    I am studying a poetry theory book by Stephen Fry.
    Me curious, is it "The Ode Less Travelled?" Or a different book?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Freethesea View Post
    With a plan of illusion, and pocket of need
    Freethesea,
    Your second line changed into a cool other meter with a nice musical quality to it: Anapest
    That meter has two syllables in a row without an accent/stress, then followed by one with accent/stress. It swings!



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