IAMBIC PENTAMETER!!!! - Coggle Diagram
What is Iambic Pentameter?
(Shakespeare's favourite rhythm)
IAMB - are a rythm that goes da-dum
PENT -is the number 5 (like pentagram or pentagon)
aMETER means rythm
It's a rhythm that is used in English poetry
SHAKESPEARE BREAKS THE RULES!!!
Shakespeare will add confusing rhythms to show his characters are confused
Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood
Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather
The multitudinous seas incarnadine
Macbeth is confused paranoid and full of guilt, so the rhythm is confusing and the sentence ends half way through a line which sounds weird!!!
Shakespeare will use different rhythms to show characters are different
The Witches do not use Iambic Pentameter - this shows they are different, otherwordly creatures who don't follow their rules. It makes their language sound like a spell
When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
Shakespeare will get characters to share rhythms when they are getting on or agreeing
Macbeth: So foul and fair a day I have not seen
Banquo: How far is't call'd to Forres? What are these
This shows the positive friendly relationship between Macbeth and Banquo at the start of the play
Why does Shakespeare
use Iambic Pentameter?
It's the correct way of writing a poem or play
in Shakespeare's time
It fits well with the English language
How does Shakespeare use Iambic Pentameter?
When he uses Iambic Pentameter it shows everything is ok and normal!
Example - he's talking about the weather - So foul and fair a day I have not seen.