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I picked a book at random from the bookshelf - it was a Shakespeare miscellany and now I am turning my thoughts into iambic pentameters, which is not difficult once you get the rhythm: (I think I'd like a cup of tea) dee dum dee dum dee dum dee dum.

It reminds me of that apocryphal meeting on a country lane of Shakespeare and Shelley. Coming towards them was an old bow legged man.

Shelley said: Behold along this dusty road, comes a man whose legs are bowed.

Shakespeare replied with: Lo! What manner of man is this that holds his b***s in parenthesis.

Still hot and sunny here, humid too; no sign of rain

(Still very hot and sunny here. A cloudless sky, no rain I fear. The grass is all but shrivelled up, but to Waitrose we, to buy our sup).
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Posted at 5th Jul 2018 - 04:26PM   Posted by Fennie   Hot iambics Comments: 9

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Our Fennie is a funny man, he writes new poems when he can. It's far to hot for this - Oh Man! It's hotter here than Kazakhstan.Cool

Love the Shakespeare story.Laughing

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 5th Jul 2018 at 05:45PM

Fennie's Avatar Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 5th Jul 2018 at 05:52PM

KitKatCot's Avatar I haven't forgotten 'Trochaic tetrameter' since my exams. Just the phrase of course, I can't for the life of me remember what it is, but I remember it was used in the 'Scottish Play'Confused

Posted by: KitKatCot on 5th Jul 2018 at 06:54PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Goodness me, I hopeless am.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 5th Jul 2018 at 08:51PM

Fennie's Avatar KKC - how about

Bubble bubble toil and trouble
Fire burn and cauldron bubble

The rythym is reversed Dum dee, Dum dee etc and there are just four units in the line.

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Posted by: Fennie on 5th Jul 2018 at 09:29PM

Fennie's Avatar When whales come swimming from the sea
FN watches drinking tea
Takes pictures of their passing fins
While she's putting out the bins
But sure the whales' enormous girth
Will never let them leave the firth
The estuarine narrows will be blocked
Unless they turn around they're hocked.

Posted by: Fennie on 5th Jul 2018 at 09:43PM

Withy Brook's Avatar That one really made me laugh out loud!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 6th Jul 2018 at 09:04AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar LaughingLove it Fennie.

Eck (my Higher English teacher) used "Daddy or Pa-pah!" as one reminder for the difference between them all and "The boy stood on the burning deck..." as one example, which he would normally finish with any one of a number of rude endings! Laughing

i.e. how many Daddy's or Pa-pah's were there in each type.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 6th Jul 2018 at 10:07AM

Camilla's Avatar Good one FennieVery HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 7th Jul 2018 at 10:44AM

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