Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Forms of Poetry (week 7):

Today we discussed Blank Verse: regular meter (usually iambic pentameter), but no rhyme.

First known use in the English language was Henry Howard (Earl of Arundel and Surrey) in his interpretation of the Aeneid, circa 1554.

Famously used by: Christopher Marlow, John Milton

"formal" blank verse contains 10 syllables and is in a natural speaking "voice".

Discovered Tri-Syllabic Feet:
amphibrach (short-long-short)
cretic (long-short-long)
bacchic (short-short-long)

Rain by Edward Thomas
Mending Wall by Robert Frost
Night in the Gardens of Port of Spain by Derek Walcott


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