All Things Considered highlighted a new movie written all in verse. The movie
is "Yes", written by Sally Potter. Every word of dialog is spoken in iambic
That was the way NPR described it, as "iambic pentameter."
I haven't seen the movie yet, but I don't think that's a correct
description. At least, it's not the full story. Iambic pentameter doesn't
necessitate rhyming. You can have unrhymed iambic pentameter --- blank verse
being one popular form. Everything said in this movie rhymes. Hearing only the
short clips, I wasn't able to make out what the rhyme scheme was, though there
were definitely some AA couplets.
The clips I heard on that segment, as well as on the review by Bob Mondello a
couple days ago, sounded pretty good. The lines are delivered well, not too
sing-songy or in the dreaded "poet's voice" (I really wish I had a good audio
link for that). There seemed to be a decent amount of silence and rest in the
dialog, which is a good sign. I think in a lot of verse plays, there isn't
enough of that. Sometimes, you've got to get off the train.
I'm reminded that one of the things on my lifetime project list is to write a
play in verse. Better get on that.
I'm also reminded of something I can't remember. Maybe somebody can help me
out. Who was the poet who took all of his class notes in iambic pentameter for
an extended period of time? I keep thinking it was WCW, but I wasn't able to
verify it. The answer lies scribbled in one of the 20 notebooks stuffed in my
top night-stand drawer, but I'm not ready to go there yet.