Foot =  The smallest possible metrical component, which always contains one beat. Indeed, the sole purpose of foot division is to highlight the beat placements. Iamb = A metrical unit, or foot, comprised of an unstressed non-beat syllable followed by a stressed beat syllable: di-dum Pentameter = Verse written in lines comprised of five feet (‘penta-‘ means five); so iambic… Continue reading Glossary

Scanning Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Sonnet 1

In this post I aim to provide a careful metrical analysis of Shakespeare’s opening sonnet, and hope to illustrate how an understanding of meter can enhance our appreciation of his work. Some feet combine with each other to form metrical figures, and I have not divided the figures into individual feet. Those figures in red… Continue reading Scanning Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Sonnet 1