Metrical Lines

I chose the topic of Metrical Lines and prosody because my interest in the topic was sparked by some of the discussions regarding Orality and Literacy from Walter Ong. The metric and rhythmic components of oral “texts” are captured in written texts through the use of metric and syntactic conventions. I wanted to trace the development of metre in the English language and also focus on some of the more popular metric conventions such as the iambic pentameter.

As an English as a Second Language teacher, I have also experienced first hand the difficulties of communicating rhythm and intonation to ESL students. I found that some of the works I consulted discussed the importance of teaching metrical conventions to students to enhance their understanding of emotional prosody. Moreover, I also found how emotional prosody affects comprehension of texts for autistic individuals and silent readers.

There was much to cover on this topic and I only touched the tip of the iceberg. With more time (or better use of existing time) I would have delved deeper into educational impacts.

I hope you enjoy the video.

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