Jennifer T. answered 08/22/15
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iambic has to do with the "rhythm" of the writing. Something that is Iambic will have a "soft syllable-Hard syllable" pattern (if you know anything about music it is actually more like off-beat on beat "& 1 & 2" ba-DUM ba-DUM) the meter just refers to how many of these are in a line. For example Iambic pentameter refers to there being 5 of these groupings in a line so the rhythm pattern would be "da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM" and start again on the next line. When reading the poem to mark the meter you would figure out which syllables are stressed and which are unstressed and mark them accordingly typically the stressed symbol is either marked with a "/" or a line and the unstressed sound is marked by either an "x" or a "^" (accent mark). Hope this helps.
thank you! I figured out my poem is an iambic pentameter as well but is it possible to have a few DUM-da or DA-Dum moments in an iambic pentameter or having that title means it can only have a da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM rhythm. Could you also explain what feminine endings are? thanks again.
While technically iambic pentameter means it has the da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM rhythm sometimes there are rhythmic variations. In short yes it is possible to have DUM-da or DA-dum moments or even for the whole thing to be done that way (DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da). Feminine endings are also an example of rhythmic variations. They occur when the line ends with an extra unstressed syllable(da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da). Hope this answers your questions.