Iambic Pentameter

So in school, we are learning about Shakespeare. It is fun to learn about a man who wrote so many popular plays and sonnets! I am now realizing how hard his job must have been to create all of his works using the Iambic Pentameter. It is one of the hardest things that I have had to do in a long while!

The Iambic Pentameter uses 10 syllables per line, with different accents with the words. The pattern goes as: weak, strong, weak, strong, weak, strong, weak, strong, weak, strong. You have to use different words and different wording than what you usually would do with a natural free verse poem if you wanted to use the Iambic Pentameter.

I had to create a sonnet (or a poem using the A B A B C D C D E F E F G G  pattern) for some homework, so here is my stab at the Iambic Pentameter.





Amazing color, was beyond belief
A hot Bugatti fresh from factory
It zooming downward, stirring not a leaf
A fun time, a fairytale like story
A dog out pops from bushes far away
It tries so hard to hurdle large the car
And squished and stomped and broken did he lay
The owner sad and his car lay bizarre
The dog it grew and grew and grew so big
His wounds were healing fast as possible
His paws erect and ready for some dig
His mouth so open wide as he’s able
He picks the car up and jiggles it good
And drops the car – that owner understood

It is hard to understand and to write! I am feeling lots of sympathy for Shakespeare because he wrote everything that he published in this format. You guys should try it!

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