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    How do i comment on its usage e.g. in Godiva by Tennyson why does he use iambic pentameter?

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    How do i comment on its usage e.g. in Godiva by Tennyson why does he use iambic pentameter?

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    Generally iambic pentameter (or any kind of iambic rhythm) creates a steady pace and rhythm. As it is highly structured, iambic pentameter can reflect and serious themes in a poem (or act as a juxtaposition to frantic language and themes) and also raise the register (formality) of the poem. Also, iambic pentameter mimics the beating of the heart (ta-tum ta-tum) which can subconsciously add to the emotion of any poem (notice how Shakespeare used it frequently in his sonnets). Sorry I can't relate it to Tennyson as I haven't studied any of his works :/

    Although, I have been looking through some examiners' reports (seeing as my exam is tomorrow) and one of them mentioned how commenting on iambic pentameter can limit a student as there is not much you can say about it beyond giving the poem structure.

    Hope this somewhat helped :P
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    Thank you so much and good luck for today

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    Also, we naturally talk in iamb, so when they use iambic anything you can say they are mimicking natural speech to add realism
 
 
 
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