In this blog I aim to provide a fairly comprehensive description and exploration of iambic pentameter from the ground up, in simple, easy to follow segments. We will progress from what is meant by ‘iamb’ and ‘pentameter’, to what defines ‘stress’, to different types of ‘feminine ending’, to simple variant ‘feet’ (a ‘foot’ being the smallest possible metrical… Continue reading Introduction

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