Answer to Question #155294 in English for ashleigh faith

Question #155294

What words should be 'stressed' or louder syllables in Sonnet 42 by William Shakespeare?

rhythm of iambic pentameterAlso, if possible, the significance of the rhythm and meter to this Shakespearean sonnet. Preferably a minimum of 60 words but if you can only help with which words should be bolded thats okay too

Sonnet 42


by William ShakespeareThat thou hast her tis not all grief,And yet it may be said I loved her dearly,That she hath thee is my wailing chief,A loss in love touches me more nearly.Loving offenders thus I will s'cuse ye,Thou dost love her, because thou know'st I love,And forsaken so doth she abuse me,Suff'ring my friend for my sake to approve.If I lose thee, my loss is my love's gain,And losing her, my friend hath found that loss,Both find each other, and I lose both twain,And both for my sake lay on me this cross,But here's the joy, my friend and I are one,Sweet flattery, then she loves but me alone.


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Expert's answer
2021-01-13T10:07:33-0500

-Iambic pentameter refers to verse rhythm

-Syllables alternate between unstressed and stressed beats, creating this pattern: “de/DUM de/DUM de/DUM de/DUM de/DUM.” for example, If I lose thee, my loss is my love's gain,

Significance

Shakespeare did sometimes play around with this structure to create different effects. For example, he changed the stress pattern and added syllables to create variation and emphasis.

Basically,, high-class characters speak in iambic pentameter and lower-class characters speak in prose


The stress is in bold

That thou hast her tis not all grief,

And yet it may be said I loved her dearly,

That she hath thee is my wailing chief,

A loss in love touches me more nearly.


Loving offenders thus I will s'cuse ye,

Thou dost love her, because thou know'st I love,

And forsaken so doth she abuse me,

Suff'ring my friend for my sake to approve.


If I lose thee, my loss is my love's gain,

And losing her, my friend hath found that loss,

Both find each other, and I lose both twain,

And both for my sake lay on me this cross,

But here's the joy, my friend and I are one,

Sweet flattery, then she loves but me alone.


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