OTHELLO by William Shakespeare
 
In this course, we will study Shakespeare's Othello.  All of the unit assignments are here, as well as some helpful links.
Background Knowledge
Background Knowledge
Background Knowledge
Background Knowledge
Act 1


Act 1 Practice Quiz
Act 2
Act 3
Act 4
Act 5

Watch a cartoon summary of the play here

Final Project
Iambic Pentameter
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Shakespeare composed much of his plays in the form of poetry, often in a meter called iambic pentameter. Even today, iambic pentameter is the most common meter used in English-language poetry. A regular line of the meter contains roughly ten syllables, with heavier stresses falling on every other syllable.
An iamb is a metrical unit, or a "foot" of meter, made up of one unstressed syllable followed by one stressed syllable ("alive," "forget," "a dog").

Pentameter refers to the number of iambs in the line (penta is the Greek word for five, as in a pentagon). So there are five iambs in a line of iambic pentammeter. Blank verse is unrhymed iambic pentameter.
Here are two examples from Romeo and Juliet.
('bold' means stressed and 'italics' means unstressed)

My grave / is like / to be / my wed /ding bed.
 
But soft,/  what light / through yon / der win /dow breaks?
 
 
 

Extra Resources:

A Complete List of Drama Terms

* Othello   Study Guide

* Shakespeare No Fear