Meter in Sonnet 29

Meter Examples in Sonnet 29:

Sonnet 29 3

"this..."   (Sonnet 29)

“This” and “that" are both stressed syllables in this line. The emphasis placed on these demonstrative pronouns suggests a specific object for the speaker’s jealousy and conveys the feeling of the speaker’s frantically shifting gaze.

"my..."   (Sonnet 29)

The extra syllable at the end of this line throws off its iambic pentameter. The line consists of two iambs and a trochee. The extra syllable comes from inserting “my” between “with” and “bootless.” The speaker’s possession of the cries causes the poetic meter to fall apart.

"I all alone..."   (Sonnet 29)

The internal rhyme within this line works against its readability. In “I all alone,” the “I” blends with the double “L” in all. “All” and “alone” repeat the same syllable and make the three words indistinguishable. “All” is inserted between “I” and “alone’ to stress the first syllable in “alone” within the second iamb. Conforming to iambic pentameter within this line makes the line less strong and undermines the speaker’s poetic prowess.