So. The metre is still running. Although I’ve been writing and thinking about iambic pentameter for a while pentameter is not the only option for iambs (it is a silly looking word – like a typo for lambs). Of course, there are tetrameters, but even trimeters. But what about monometers? Lines of one iamb apiece. I thought I’d give it go.
This was the first thing I got:
Now that looks OK, but if I prod the lines a bit it looks more like pentameters in disguise:
The fish I ate had life but now is dead.
I gulped it down and now I am well fed.
The lines run together properly. Grrr. So I tried it again:
That initially looks better, but again, merge the lines and I think it’s happier as dimeters:
The fish it lived.
But now it’s dead.
I gulped it down.
I’m now well fed.
How can I get it to sit happily as monometers. Finally, I tried:
I think that works. How about you.