Poetry Writing Exercise #1: Iambs

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Douglas
Posted at: May 24, 2010 at 7:14 PM 
another possibility would be to use "EXerCISes" instead of "proCEDures" which swaps the accents around.

Douglas
Posted at: May 25, 2010 at 3:20 AM 
I wanted to say the following: I'm not really looking forward to today's ninety degree temperatures.

So I kept readjusting the wording until I came up with this:

i REALLy CANnot SAY i'm LOOKing FORward TO this AFterNOON's high TEMPeraTURES of NINEty FAHRenHEIT deGREES.

R. Wesley Lovil
Posted at: May 25, 2010 at 3:43 AM 
unLESS we STRIVE we AREN'T aLIVE

WOW
Posted at: May 25, 2010 at 4:26 AM 
you WISH you HAD your AIR conDItionER

Douglas
Posted at: May 25, 2010 at 4:52 AM 
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you WISH you HAD your AIR conDItionER

i ABsoLUTEly DO!

Mathax
Posted at: May 25, 2010 at 5:40 AM 
i'm GLAD i HAVE an AIR conDItionER that WORKS.

Douglas
Posted at: May 25, 2010 at 5:45 AM 
our MEMbers HERE are WRITing EXcellENT iAMBic SENTencES!

Laura
Posted at: May 25, 2010 at 6:50 PM 
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TEMPeraTURES

This is another one of those cases where the word could be used as a 3-syllable word as above, or as a 4-syllable word, depending on the needs of the meter :-D

R. Wesley Lovil
Posted at: May 26, 2010 at 3:33 AM 
it DRIzzles TOday SUMmer, Still far Away
toDAY is DRIZzles HOWever SUMmer STILL will SIZzle
~Edited by R. Wesley Lovil, May 26, 2010 at 6:15 PM

Douglas
Posted at: May 26, 2010 at 8:34 AM 
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it DRIzzles TOday SUMmer, Still far Away

The natural way to pronounce "today" is with the accent on the second syllable: toDAY instead of TOday.

This is actually (believe it or not) anapestic, which we won't even get to until next week...the way this reads naturally is:

"it DRIzzles toDAY summer STILL far aWAY."

Which has two unaccented syllables for every accented.


Peter-Twitchell
Posted at: May 26, 2010 at 4:53 PM 
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it DRIzzles TOday SUMmer, Still far Away
summer is here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

R. Wesley Lovil
Posted at: May 27, 2010 at 3:33 AM 
surPRISE is STRESS when WANTing REST

Douglas
Posted at: May 27, 2010 at 4:29 AM 
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surPRISE is STRESS when WANTing REST

Nice. :)

"i NEED to HAVE a TOOTH exTRACTed, SIR."
"well, HERE, why DON'T you HAVE some NOvoCAIN."
"now THAT feels MIGHTy STRANGE."
"i'll POKE your GUMS to SEE if YOU are NUMB eNOUGH."
"that HURTS!"
"more NOvoCAIN?"
"yes SIR!"
"how's THAT?"
"mmhph! MMPH!"

Douglas
Posted at: May 27, 2010 at 6:46 AM 
My most recent poem (Ouch!) is an example of what we call a "Heroic Couplet." I'll explain what that means in one of our later exercises, but in the meantime, just notice that the poem is completely iambic.

R. Wesley Lovil
Posted at: May 28, 2010 at 3:38 AM 
you TAKE a Chance by BAKing CAKES in NOISEy PLACES

Douglas
Posted at: May 28, 2010 at 3:40 AM 
i CAN'T beLIEVE toDAY is FRIday AND my SCHOOL year's ALmost DONE!

R. Wesley Lovil
Posted at: May 29, 2010 at 3:31 AM 
a FIRECE InterNECine FEUD beCAME a BLOODy BATTle CAUSed THROUGH deLAYS and forGETfulNESS

Douglas
Posted at: May 29, 2010 at 3:38 AM 
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a FIRECE InterNECine FEUD beCAME a BLOODy BATTle CAUSed THROUGH deLAYS and forGETfulNESS

I notice you've written caused as a two syllable word...that's an occasionally used tactic of poets...to make words with an "ed" ending a two syllable word...it's often used with the word "blessed" and an accent over the "e" to indicate that it should be pronounced bless-ed.

Other than that...

You've got two unaccented together here: "and for"

Something like "deLAYS and MUCH forGetfulNESS" would take care of that.

Douglas
Posted at: May 29, 2010 at 3:42 AM 
AlTHOUGH i DO enJOY a FINE iAMbic LINE, i'm EAger FOR some ANaPESTS!

(toMORrow WE shall START with ANaPESTic MEter; THEN we'll TAKE a BREAK from MEter AND disCUSS aLLITerAtion!)

lady di
Posted at: Nov 28, 2010 at 7:46 PM 
i TUNED in LATE, but NEver FEAR; i CAN still LEARN aLOT from VIsitING right HERE.
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