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29 February 2008 @ 11:47 pm
Day 10: a third of the way there  
The first two stanzas of my latest poem were written in trochaic tetrameter, with the final syllable of each stanza dropped for "masculine" emphasis.

When I originally began writing the third stanza I unconsciously continued to write in a trochaic pattern. Which just goes to show you that, far from being the stifling constraint that some would have you believe, the stress pattern of the trochaic and iambic meters really do conform to the natural patterns of English speech, with the stress undulating up and down from syllable to syllable.

This is the primary reason why iambic pentameter has been so dominant in English literature for so many years - because it sounds like a kind of formalised version of natural speech.