The Skills for Shakespeare series looks at techniques that help you with acting Shakespeare.
The first in this series is an introduction to iambic pentameter.
Iambic pentameter is the term for a particular type of rhythm: an iamb is a meter which has two beats, the second one stressed, as in the word iamb itself, pronounced ”I AM“. Penta means five, so 5 x iamb = pentameter.
This is explored in simple steps, with multimedia links and clear examples, in:
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