I’m studying literature and I find it a really interesting field of study!
There are many lessons among which the current one that I’m learning about: poetry.
In poetry, the sound is as important as content. Learning about the way poems are written made me think about the relation that poetry and pronunciation could have.
Meter is used to measure the numbers and kind of feet in a line of poetry. It is determined by the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllabes. Iamb is the most common type of foot and consist of an unstressed syllabe followed by a stressed syllabe :
“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day”
Any reading that we do either for ourselves or out loud is certainely helpful but do you think that working on our pronunciation by reading out loud poetry is a good tool to help us to be more used to this English specifity : words’ stress…