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Bee asked in Arts & HumanitiesPoetry · 3 months ago

Poetry: Is this a good example of "iamb"? " I am constantly trying to say goodbye."?

I'm trying to write poetry and wanting to use iamb.

iamb – one unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable.


I meant "I am always trying to say goodbye."

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  • 3 months ago
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    No, since 'constantly' does not fit. 

    Try typing out the sentence with caps, it helps to see the Iamb. 

    i AM alWAYS tryING to SAY goodBYE

    Nope, not working. Not sure how to make it work either.  

  • 3 months ago

    Not really trying buying a bottle of wine to celebrate achievement without accent......then you have more piss for the contest:)

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  • 3 months ago

    yes i think so!

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  • Nancy
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    3 months ago

    No, it's not. An iamb is an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable, meaning the first stressed syllable is SECOND syllable, so all the stressed syllables are the even-numbered syllables. Starting on a stressed syllable, having the stressed syllable be the first syllable is trochaic, not iambic. But what you have stops being trochaic with the third syllable of "constantly" and the first syllable of "trying."

    The stressed syllables in what you wrote are as follows:

    I am CON stant ly TRY ing to SAY good BYE

    To be iambic, you'd have to say something like:

    and I am AL ways TRYing HARD to SAY good BYE.

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