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Polly Alice

Friday, March 5, 2010

Iambic pentameter

The Penguin Book of the Sonnet: 500 Years of a Classic Tradition in EnglishA poetry professor told me that if I mastered the sonnet I would be able to write anything  Help for the iambic pentameter of ten syllables is hard to find.  The sound of a sonnet reminds me of riding a horse.  I prefer the short didactic rhythms of nursery rhymes.   I think I need to practice.

Iambic pentameter is one horse
walking two and a half steps down the road
I prefer to walk three and a half steps

on my own two feet, thank you.

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