Asked • 04/12/19

Why did Shakespeare write in iambic pentameter?

Shakespeare is incredibly famous for writing a lot in iambic pentameter. But why did he choose to write in this specific style of having ten beats and 5 stressed syllables per line? Considering it was not at all a requirement for plays at the time and many poets wrote in a completely different meter? Wasn't this just making his life unnecessarily difficult considering the quantity of stuff he wrote in such a manner?

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Isabel F. answered • 04/15/19

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