It has been two days since the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, and although I made mention of him on my St George’s Day post, I didn’t have time to really call out the significance of the great bard.
This is my slightly belated homage to the man, master of the iambic pentameter:
~ Iambic pentameter ~
For the great bard it seemed so effortless;
To lay down one line after another
But for those of us lacking his clarity
It is really quite a difficult chore
For the form is not governed by syllables
As each line is more driven through rhythm
Of an emphasis followed by quietness.
In five forms of da-dum, da-dum, da-dum
It’s the iamb, or “foot”, that achieves this
Breathing life into the words on each line
And affords every reader some structure
to make sentences, to flow with much ease
But now, this description is concluding
There remains but one question unanswered
For the audience to ponder themselves
Is this an iambic pentameter?
(with apologies to the Bard)