Saturday 18 April 2020

English Verse, Lesson 8: Trochaic Substitution

As a bonus point, which I forgot to mention, the speech from Richard II uses both deposéd and deposed.


  1. This lesson raised a point I've been wondering about throughout this series.
    For the example of trochaic substitution at the 2nd foot of a line you used "For God's sake let us sit upon the ground". When you're using one syllable words like sake and let, how do you determine whether the word is stressed or not?

    1. It's largely the "a cup of tea" rule from the first lesson. You naturally emphasise nouns over articles, for example. I've never heard an actor not stress "sake", and it would be weird to stress "let" more.