Measuring up

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:

The fish
I ate
had life
but now
is dead.
I gulped
it down
and now
I am
well fed.

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:

The fish
it lived.
But now
it’s dead.
I gulped
it down.
I’m now
well fed.

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:

It lived.
I grilled.
I ate.
It’s dead.

I think that works. How about you.

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