Poetry and Paragraphs: a 16-Week Course of Integrated Literature, Research, and Paragraph Writing for Middle School and Early High School

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Homework Day 1
Into the copywork section of your notebook, copy these lines from the beginning of Shakespeare’s Richard III, skipping every other line to leave space for scanning the meter. The passage below is spoken by the title character, whom Shakespeare paints as a very enthusiastically super-villain. Richard describes a time of peace, but goes on to remark that he finds peace boring, and plans to stir some trouble.
Next, scan the meter. This is blank verse poetry, so most of the lines will contain 5 iambs.
Vocabulary help:


Bound with victoious wreaths=wearing crowns, perhaps made of leaves


Marches=war music

Merry measures=party music

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