One of the trickiest aspects to scanning Shakespeare’s verse is working out the syllable count when words have been contracted or expanded to fit the meter. In this post I am going to outline the principles by which words could be contracted or expanded. For clarity, I shall split simple variations into individual feet. Contraction… Continue reading Making the words fit the meter
In this post I am going to try to answer a question that I frequently encounter: why iambic pentameter? What is so special about this particular meter, as compared to any other? There are two aspects to look at here: the beat pattern, and the number of beats. Let’s look first at the number of beats: five in a pentameter (“penta” is… Continue reading Why Iambic Pentameter?