Write like Shakespeare
More than half of the lines in Shakespeare's plays are in the form of verse, and more than 80% are in verse, because 22 out of 38 plays are written. “Macbeth” is 95% filled with verse. The verse form of Shakespeare's lines is mainly used for the formal expression of thoughts and feelings by the main characters. Iambic pentatonic zero rhyme refers to poems in which the rhythm of five units connects weakly and strongly without rhyme.
Below is an iambic pentatonic empty poem made in modern and archaic English. I reconstructed this in the form of a letter from Hans, a fictional character I created after learning Shakespeare's plays.
Look in /your mirror/tell me/today/in my heart.
Be hold/ thy glass/ tell me/ to-day/ within my bosom
-Rather than starting with ‘Look in’, starting with an archaic language ‘be hold’ helps to give rhythm using the iambic pentameter. Also, I changed the heart to an archaic, and the ‘B’ at the beginning and the ‘B’ at the end match very well.
To/ deceive me/ and take away/ the joy/ of spectators
Un-to/ beguile me/and rob/the glee/ on-lookers
-By replacing ‘to’ with an archaic language, it is easy to apply iambic. Then ‘beguile’ and ‘rob’ add rhythm to their pronunciation. ‘Glee’ is more lively than Joy. Rather than the spectators, which is a modern language, On-Rooker helps divide into two notes with iambic.
or become /self/ the /mirror /of narcissism.
Or become/myself/the/glass/of narcissism
- The following sentence is good because it expresses the property of a ‘mirror’ that ‘glass’ is easier to pronounce than ‘mirror’ and that something breaks more easily than reflection. Narcissism, which follows, is a term defined in modern psychiatry, so there was a limit to turning it into an archaic language.
Calls /back the/ joyful/ summer of /my heyday.
Calls/back the/gleeful/summer of/my prime
-I especially like the term prime rather than hey day. It feels like something noble, glorious, and beautifully sparkling.
To yearn/ for the world/ or become /one with /the grave
To long/for the world/or become/one with/the tomb
-Personally, I think term better expresses the gloomy and dark atmosphere of the ‘tomb’ than ‘Grave’s’ tomb.
Like the dewy/ dew of /the early /morning melting/dissolving disappearing.
Like the dewy/dawning tears of/the betimes/morning melting/dissolving disappearing.
- I changed the second dew part into an archaic language to prevent the same pronunciation from appearing too much. However, morning melting, dissolving disappearing, and add to the sense of rhythm when pronounced together, so I left them in the modern language.
Or /like a friendly cheater/the world is /too/cruel
Or/like a kindly deceiver/the world is/too/ruthless.
- I find that the deceiver sounds more classy than the modern ‘cheater’. Also, since the last pronunciation of ‘Ruthless’ in ‘Cruel’ is ‘S’, I adopted it because it gave me the feeling of grinding the teeth.
To my /reflection do/ I speak /with art,
Unto my/image do/I declare/with craft,
- It is much easier to hit iambic pentameter by replacing the ‘to’ with the ‘unto’. Also, when I changed art to craft, it was nice that the pronunciation matched with the previous declare.
That in /my heart's /eye/ I do /plainly see,
That in/my soul's/glance/I do/plainly see,
- For example, I liked that ‘Glance ‘put iambic in the letters rather than ‘eye’
And thus/with words/ of truth/ and /purity,
And hence/with term/of truth/ and/ inte-grity,
- In this part, the use of archaic language shines. Because it is good for iambic pentameter.
From this place,/ to soothe/ my soul /and play /my part.
Hence/to soothe/my soul/and gamble/my part.
- I wanted to mean that the /play/ part in Hans' letter can be a simple play, but it is also like a /gamble/ deciding whether to live or die. In that sense, in an archaic language, ‘Gamble’ seems very suitable.
Myungja Anna Koh