I've been given an exercise to write a number of lines of iambic pentameters - using:
trochaic substitutions, and
I'm not convinced I fully understand what I am doing, so I thought I'd post here to allow others to join in the exercise and comment on the results.
The moths are eating all my woolly jumpers
They've already destroyed my favourite two
Munching holes that'll make them that much plumper
Like tiny flying cows, their cud to chew.
My clothing is the picnic where they mate
Champagne and strawberries, cream on top, divine
With gusto they spread the blanket on the plate
And raise to their lips a woolly glass of wine
But I've nice clothing so that I get some
Holier clothing doesn't work as well
Making me look as if I'm from a slum
A scruffy bit of rough, no pipistrell.
For some bizarre reason the ladies desire tidy
(Although they like a bit of rough sometimes!)
Though my credentials are quite bonafide
The holes contradict and they hear as the bell chimes
So I've to springclean, open all my drawers
Pull everything out, give it a good shake
Extinct all the moths, kill them, this is war!
Moth Spanish Armada? I'm Sir Francis Drake!
I can draw it out in "d'Dums", but trying to work out which of each of these is which is the real test! Let's see.