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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesPoetry · 4 weeks ago

Can someone check these lines for iambic pentameter (10 syllables)?

The anatomy room is where we start

Skeletons with each and every part

They look around the room at all of us

But alas there is just no need to fuss

I’m learning everything I must

For in my future career I can trust

Gus the turtle keep our hopes high above

I’m thankful for learning the things I love

My book is the key for all to come soon

Maybe my mess might turn to look like the moon

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Only "They look around the room at all of us" is iambic pentameter

  • 4 weeks ago

    Not all the lines have ten syllables if that is what you mean, but this is not iambic pentameter anyway since each foot (iamb) needs an unstressed then a stressed syllable. Try reading your piece through and see how this is just not happening.

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      3 weeks agoReport

      And remember that it's fine to have a small number of variations from the ideal pattern -- poets (including Shakespeare) do that on purpose. But too many departures from the pattern (as in your poem) are, well, too many.

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