PLE – 10xEN1 – Home learning due Tuesday 13 May

You have a choice of home learning tasks today. Choose the one that is most appropriate, yet challenging, for you:

  • What is iambic pentameter? Write your definition in language that another Year 10 student will understand.
  • Where in Macbeth does Shakespeare use iambic pentameter? Find examples and show how iambic pentameter is being used.
  • Why did Shakespeare use iambic pentameter? Consider characterisation, effects of rhythm in the dialogue, and other reasons.

This task should take more than twenty minutes for a developed response, therefore I have set the deadline for next Tuesday and will not be setting a home learning in tomorrow’s lesson.

One thought on “PLE – 10xEN1 – Home learning due Tuesday 13 May

  1. Jellotine

    •Why did Shakespeare use iambic pentameter?
    Shakespearean histories and tragedies are written in iambic pentameter for characters who are Intelligent and regular prose for those who are not.
    In Macbeth the noble characters mostly speak in unrhymed iambic pentameter, which is a fancy way of saying they talk like this:

    ba-DUM, ba-DUM, ba-DUM, ba-DUM, ba-DUM.

    See, an “iamb” is an unaccented syllable followed by an accented one. “Penta” means “five,” and “meter” refers to a regular rhythmic pattern. So “iambic pentameter” is a kind of rhythmic pattern that consist of five iambs per line. It’s the most common rhythm in English poetry. Let’s try it out on this line, where Lady Macbeth urges her husband to wash his hands after he has murdered King Duncan:

    and WASH this FILthy WITness FROM your HAND.

    Every second syllable is accented (stressed) so this is classic iambic pentameter. Since the lines have no regular rhyme scheme we call it unrhymed iambic pentameter, a.k.a. blank verse.


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