Language Arts

What is the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in this line:

The sun should drop its greatest gold

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  1. the SUN should DROP its GREAT est GOLD

    (stressed = capitalized)

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  2. thank you so much, how did you get that?

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  3. Just by saying it aloud to myself! Also by knowing what iambs (pronounced "eye-ambs" are:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iamb_(poetry)

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  4. Thank you so much!

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  5. You're very welcome!

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  6. This particular line is in iambic tetrameter. That is there are four iambs in the line (eight syllables divided into four "feet" with each "foot" consisting of one unstressed and one stressed syllable, in that order).

    Shakespeare and others wrote much of their work in iambic pentameter -- meaning there were five iambs in each line (ten syllables, divided into five "feet"...)

    Sonnet 115

    Those lines that I before have writ do lie,
    Even those that said I could not love you dearer,
    Yet then my judgment knew no reason why,
    My most full flame should afterwards burn clearer,
    But reckoning time, whose millioned accidents
    Creep in 'twixt vows, and change decrees of kings,
    Tan sacred beauty, blunt the sharp'st intents,
    Divert strong minds to the course of alt'ring things:
    Alas why fearing of time's tyranny,
    Might I not then say 'Now I love you best,'
    When I was certain o'er incertainty,
    Crowning the present, doubting of the rest?
    Love is a babe, then might I not say so
    To give full growth to that which still doth grow.
    http://poetry.eserver.org/sonnets/115.html

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  7. the answers to the test are
    1. I am heartbroken and I will never stop loving Annabel Lee-A
    2. and so all the nighttide, I lie down by the side/ of my darling, my darling, my life, and my bride/ In her sepulcher there by the sea-D
    3. stressed, unstressed-A
    5. Change is to are-c
    6. Neither Philip nor Angie wants to cancel the show-b
    7. Either your brother or his friend is making a lot of noise upstairs-d
    8. a baby rabbit-b
    9. when she gets tickets for an sold out show-a
    10. The princess coveted the queens jewelry-a

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