Tudor Versification and the Rise of Iambic Pentameter

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to Tudor Literature
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781405154772
StatePublished - Jan 18 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Establishing iambic pentameter as standard line in English poetry - the standard Gascoigne
  • First four lines of "Gascoigne's Woodmanship" - accomplishing the alignment
  • Four-stress line - mainstay of English poetry and ballad stanzas
  • Iamb, attaining maximum authority over English verse
  • Metrical contract and poetic license
  • Native, continental, and classical verse traditions
  • Opening line of lyric - "They flee from me" scanning a good iambic pentameter
  • Quantitative verse
  • Relations between poetic theory and practice over the sixteenth century
  • Tudor versification and rise of iambic pentameter


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