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Shakespeare's rhythmIn this video, the RSC looks at what can be found in the rhythm of Shakespeare’s verse, including contributions from Cicely Berry

Teaching Shakespeare | Introducing Iambic Pentameter |Royal Shakespeare Company – YouTube

If you are interested in the basics of iambic pentameter, you may find this Discover Fine Acting article helpful:

Shakespeare’s Verse: Iambic Pentameter – It’s Easy!

Any questions, feel free to ask!

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Sonnet 18 - Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?While working on the Skills for Shakespeare articles looking at iambic pentameter and blank verse, I used two lines from Sonnet 18 for an example.

Sonnet 18’s first line is the title of this post and it includes reference to ‘the darling buds of May’. I became so distracted by all the wonderful online versions available, including as part of film and television, that the first article was in danger of being completely derailed.

So: the 1st article to do with speaking iambic pentameter can be found here:

http://hubpages.com/hub/Skills-for-Shakespeare-Speaking-in-Verse

and another article, which is about Sonnet 18 and has lots of lovely multi-media links for you to dip in and out of, can be found here:

http://hubpages.com/hub/Shakespeares-Sonnets-Online-Sonnet-18-Shall-I-compare-thee-to-a-summers-day

Enjoy!

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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:

Discover Fine Acting’s Skills for Shakespeare – Speaking in Iambic Pentameter

Do comment / ask questions! You are welcome to do this here or at the full article.

Enjoy!

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Don’t worry, no need to be “smiling at grief” – the lack of posts as yet is not truly a tragedy.

Still, exercise a little smiling patience and keep returning for advice, information and fun with Acting Shakespeare!

First though, let me know what you want to find in this blog and – as sung at the end of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night – I “will strive to please you every day.”

Actually, it may not be that often, but you understand the thought that counts, I’m sure.

Your responses are what will make this practical acting blog of the very best use to all those interested in performing Shakespeare’s text – it’s what it was written for, after all!

 

“She sat like patience on a monument, smiling at grief. Was not this love indeed?”

The disguised Viola in Twelfth Night – Act 2, Scene 4

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