I still don’t understand iambic pentameter.
Yes; I have an English degree, I write poetry, and I am still completely lost when it comes to iambic pentameter.
I know it is a form of poetics based off rhythm. I know Shakespeare used it in many of his plays and sonnets. I know it has something to do with five measurements…or is it a measure of five beats? Or five claps? What is it with the clapping, anyway?
My poor AP English teacher tried so hard to teach me. I remember how she tried to explain it at least four times (or was it five?) in many different ways. I just never got the point. The motion of clapping out the beats of a stanza just looks to me like someone is squishing pesky bugs.
Maybe I’ll just never “get” it. Or, maybe I’ll understand it someday. Maybe one day a light bulb will appear over my head and I’ll shout “Aha!” and climb to the tallest hill in my area and shout “I finally understand iambic pentameter!”
But until that day comes, I am so over iambic pentameter.