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. Contraction Besides making it easier to find words to fit the… 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?