I have written poems in iambic pentameter before, especially when I was younger, and some of them were, in fact, clear. But I don't know if I had complete control over what they said. I think I may have just made up thoughts that fit the rhythm and rhyme scheme as I went along, even though they turned out to make a coherent poem. I want to know if it is possible to have complete control over the thoughts that I write in iambic pentameter. One way I think this could be done is by writing a rough draft first. But I am worried that certain words will not have equivalents in iambic pentameter, not because it would be difficult for me, but because it might be linguistically impossible. Do you think Shakespeare wrote rough drafts of his poems in plain language first, or do you think he simply attempted iambic pentameter in the first draft. Being able to write in iambic pentameter precisely what I determine beforehand would give me confidence that I could do the same in more varied rhythms. Up until now I have not given it an honest effort because I have been worried that it may not be possible. Hopefully some of you can give me insight on this issue. Again, the concern is not that I lack the ability, but that the English language lacks the possibility.