So far, we have this. Reality lies where? Above or beneath? And what do we see here? Surrounded by lies? And our next line is: “We either must reduce ourselves to the particles that compose us.” How shall we make it fit? How about “Should we reduce ourselves to particles?” Let’s write it out to Read more about 9.4 Stamping Our New Foot on Line 3[…]
Now we need to figure out if we can make the other four lines fit the same rhythm. At the moment, line 2 says, “And what we see at our level is an illusion.” That is too short. We need 15 syllables, and it only has 13. Furthermore, its first word is “and” which would Read more about 7.3 Duplicating the Rhythm in Line 2[…]
We begin sculpting the rhythm of the rough lines from the previous post.
Now, we apply the seven rules of stress in English to the phrase, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation.”
When we speak “naturally” in English, we are unconsciously following seven rules about which syllables get emphasized. As a lyricist, you need to keep these rules in mind.
Get a feel for how you analyze the stress pattern in a sentence by examining this sentence: “Investigate the trailer till it delivers up its secrets.”
Do you know how emphasis (or “stress”) works in English? It’s not what you’d expect. At least, it’s not what I would have expected.