How to Read Shakespeare: Understanding Iambic Pentameter

David Garrick as Richard III, illus. William Hogarth (source)

Part 0: Prologue

Part 1: What is Stress?

Part 1b: What Is Not Stress

Part 2: Metre

Part 3: When Iambic Pentameter Isn’t Iambic

Part 3a: Inverting an Iamb

Part 3b: Swapping Stresses Between Iambs

Part 3c: Why This Matters

Part 3d: Why I’m Not Overthinking Things

Part 4: Other Metrical Techniques

Part 4a: Adding Syllables

Part 4b: Run-On Lines And Caesuras

Conclusion

Appendix: Old Jargon

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