Iambic pentameter

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Iambic pentameter in English, heroic couplets and blank verse
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. pentametrospente, five, metron, a measure.

Usage

In literature:

The perception of variations in the measures of an iambic pentameter line was first taken up.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
Though the prevailing verse is iambic pentameter, we rarely find more than three or four real accents.
"An Essay Toward a History of Shakespeare in Norway" by Martin Brown Ruud
The rhythm of the lines is marked, the effect upon the ear being quite like that of English iambic pentameters hypercatalectic.
"Frédéric Mistral" by Charles Alfred Downer
It must consist of exactly fourteen lines of iambic pentameter.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
For example, "The Merchant of Venice" is in iambic pentameter, and "The Courtship of Miles Standish" is in dactylic hexameter.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
The average quatrain is in iambic pentameter with alternate lines rhyming.
"Rhymes and Meters" by Horatio Winslow
The unrhymed iambic pentameter known as blank verse is really a form of free verse; it is a modified form of the unrhymed classical measure.
"The Literature of Ecstasy" by Albert Mordell
The first requirements of the sonnet, then, are that it shall have fourteen lines, and that these lines shall be iambic pentameters.
"The Circus, and Other Essays and Fugitive Pieces" by Joyce Kilmer
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In news:

Williams is one of the principle architects of the American Voice in poetry that would establish OUR voice as distinct from the traditional iambic pentameter of Shakespearean English.
The sonnet, derived from the Occitan word sonnet and the Italian word sonetto, meaning "little poems ", consists of 14 lines, each containing ten syllables written in iambic pentameter.
T hey are young, they are angry, they speak in iambic pentameter and they have just begun a revolution.
Hip-hop rhymes and similes replace iambic pentameter in this Shakespeare 'ad-rap-tation'.
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