Heart beats in iambics, stomping trochees or frivolous dactyls

On BBC 4 tv last night, there was a fascinating conversation between Simon Armitage and Tony Harrison, who gave the best justification for writing modern metrical rhyming poetry that I have heard.  It’s true that the most natural rhythm is iambic pentameter, though Tony (who is my contemporary) suggested that as we age, trochees take over.  As my heart is almost permanently in arrhythmia, I found that fascinating.

He also has a pungent take on freedom-freezing politics and current events.

If you can watch this on catch up, I’m sure you’ll find it rewarding.

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5 Responses to Heart beats in iambics, stomping trochees or frivolous dactyls

  1. restlessjo says:

    You know that I have no idea what a trochee is, and no time to look, don’t you? 🙂 I’m just glad your heart keeps on beating.

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  2. What an interesting thought. I know I like different beats in music now that I’m more “mature”. Everything I read, watch, and listen too wants to be a bit slower.

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  3. I’ll take a look now, Viv. The spuds are got in, and it’s raining, so why not?

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