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How would you finish the 4th line (please use Iambic pentameter)?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26811points) April 3rd, 2011

Using Iambic pentameter what would you enter as the last line to:

To life the vision of what is to come
The fight for honor and glory undone
For those who surrender only defeat
<Your entry here>?

Remember Iambic pentameter.

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yankeetooter's avatar

For those who persist, a victory sweet.

rebbel's avatar

And after the fighting we’ll finally meet.
Not sure if i understood the wiki on Iambic pentameter though.

12Oaks's avatar

The words you speak someday you may eat.

yankeetooter's avatar

To the swift goes the race, to the hero the crown,
But those who stop trying will bring themselves down.
So be honest and true in all that you try
And your fame will live on, while the coward but dies.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@rebbel et al. Iambic pentameter is a bit tricky to use seeing you are restricted to the number of syllables you can use and where the stress lies on each word. Dictionary.com describes it as:
a common meter in poetry consisting of an unrhymed line with five feet or accents, each foot containing an unaccented syllable and an accented syllable

Languageisavirus.com states it as:
_ An iambic foot is an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. We could write the rhythm like this:_
da-DUM

A line of iambic pentameter is five of these in a row:

da-DUM-da-DUM-da- DUM-da-DUM-da-DUM

We can notate this is with a ‘x’ mark representing an unstressed syllable and a ’/’ mark representing a stressed syllable (for a more detailed discussion see the article on Systems of Scansion). In this notation a line of iambic pentameter would look like this:
x / x / x / x / x /
The following line from John Keats’ ode To Autumn is a straightforward example:
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
We can notate the scansion of this as follows:

x / x / x / x / x /

To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells

Some of you have to many syllables……FYI 8—)

yankeetooter's avatar

So I probably didn’t do this right, sorry. I was just trying to write some good poetry for a change…

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