Does Shakespeare uses 11 syllables for each line in Romeo and Juliet ? – Literature & Language


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No, he usually uses ten syllables. The name of the verse line which Shakespeare uses in Romeo and Juliet, and in the rest of his plays, is iambic pentameter. “Iambic” because the dominant foot is an iamb, an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. “Pentameter” because there are five feet in every line. Here an example, with a vertical rule between each foot and the stressed syllables capitalized:
“In fair Verona, where we lay our scene”
in FAIR | verON | a WHERE | we LAY | our SCENE

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