Another Weird Iambic Pentameter Exercise
I’ve been reading Steven Fry’s The Ode Less Traveled. I’m in the middle of the chapter on meter, and yesterday I finally got around to sitting and doing an exercise from the book where I sat and just jotted down the first 20 lines I could think of in iambic pentameter.
I thought I’d share.
Here’s what I came up with:
- I can’t believe that it’s the whole machine
- He went and screwed it all away on drugs
- Today I will attempt to change the world
- The spider floated down from overhead*
- This song is incomplete without more bass
- I drive and drive but cannot find more gas
- This exercise goes faster as it goes
- These verses are monotonously paced
- I don’t know why I never thought I could
- The trick to writing more is showing up
- The words will come if only you relax
- For breakfast, I had coffee and some meat
- The tightness in my legs goes to my feet
- Soon someone must give food to cats and dogs
- Sometimes I wake up, and my brain is fogged
- I’m almost finished with this exercise
- I almost can’t believe my fucking eyes
- It’s easier to write in meter now
- I see why this is popular somehow
- I never knew pentameter was fun
*This was a response to a spider dropping into my peripheral vision and startling me during this exercise.
Weird stuff. It has me thinking a lot more about meter in writing, though.