01:790:340 Quiz: 201reading_assignment7Exam
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359:201 Principles of Literary Study: Poetry 10/3/19
Assigned Reading: Sir Philip Sidney, Astrophil and Stella 1
due in class Monday 10/7
The first sonnet in Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella (p. 11 in the course reader) is written in iambic
hexameter. First, give a basic definition of what “iambic hexameter” is. Second, try rewriting the
poem in iambic pentameter, with as little revision as possible. Comment on the exercise: which
lines were easiest? Which the most challenging? What did you notice about the poem in the
process of rewriting?
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