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6 July, 21:29

Read the excerpt below and answer the question.

Batter my heart, three-person'd God; for you As yet but knock; breathe, shine, and seek to mend; ("Holy Sonnet XIV: Batter My Heart"; lines 1-2)

The meter of these two lines is:

u / u / u / u / u/

u / u / u / u / u/

u / u / u / u / / /

u / u / u / u / / /

/u u / u / u / / /

/u u / u / u / u/

/u u / u / u / u/

u / u / / / u / u

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  1. 6 July, 23:15
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    The correct answer is:

    u / u / u / u / u/

    u / u / u / u / u/

    This pattern represents one of the forms of poetry structure which is called iambic pentameter. Iambic pentameter is a poetic form that consists of alternating five pairs of stressed and unstressed syllables and each line features ten syllables. In the case of the excerpt presented above from the sonnet "Batter My Heart" by John Donne (1633), the first line has 10 syllables with alternating five pairs of stressed and unstressed syllables.
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