pentameter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pentameter a verse line having five metrical feet
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pentameter (Gr. & L.Pros) A verse of five feet.☞ The dactylic pentameter consists of two parts separated by a diæresis. Each part consists of two dactyls and a long syllable. The spondee may take the place of the dactyl in the first part, but not in the second. The elegiac distich consists of the hexameter followed by the pentameter.
    • a Pentameter Having five metrical feet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pentameter In ancient prosody, a verse differing from the dactylic hexameter by suppression of the second half of the third and of the sixth foot; a dactylic dipenthemimeres or combination of two catalectic dactylic tripodies, thus:
    • n pentameter The first half of the line ended almost without exception in a complete word and often with a pause in the sense. Spondees were excluded from the second half-line. The halves of the line often terminated in words of similar ending and emphasis, generally a noun and its attributive. This meter received its name from a false analysis of some ancient metricians, who explained it as consisting of two dactyls, a spondee, and two anapests.
    • pentameter Having five metrical feet: as, a pentameter verse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pentameter pen-tam′e-tėr a verse of five measures or feet
    • adj Pentameter having five feet
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. ; (see Penta-) + measure

Usage

In literature:

He customarily lay in bed until noon meditating pentameters on sunrise.
"Ponkapog Papers" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
His productions, all written either in heroic or pentameter verse, are numerous, and on various subjects.
"The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, Complete To Which Are Added, His Lives Of The Grammarians, Rhetoricians, And Poets" by C. Suetonius Tranquillus
The Dactylic Pentameter consists of two parts, each of which contains two dactyls, followed by a long syllable.
"New Latin Grammar" by Charles E. Bennett
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 poem is a monologue, in unrhymed hexameters and pentameters.
"An Introduction to the Study of Browning" by Arthur Symons
DECASYLLABLE, a 5-stress (pentameter) line; a term used properly only of syllable-counting metres such as the French.
"The Principles of English Versification" by Paull Franklin Baum
It must consist of exactly fourteen lines of iambic pentameter.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
A FIRST VERSE BOOK; being an easy Introduction to the Mechanism of the Latin Hexameter and Pentameter.
"Notes and Queries, Number 183, April 30, 1853" by Various
The splendid pentameter is slightly misquoted by BALLIOLENSIS.
"Notes and Queries, Number 219, January 7, 1854" by Various
He thought the years which had already been wasted on hexameters and pentameters quite sufficient.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
The verses which boys are commonly taught to make are hexameters and pentameters.
"The Comic Latin Grammar" by Percival Leigh
Easy Hexameters and Pentameters.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Vol. I (1st edition)" by Charles Darwin
In the pentameter aye falling in melody back.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 3" by Various
The swarm rush on to the call of one another, in hexameters and pentameters.
"Amenities of Literature" by Isaac Disraeli
The alternate hexameter and pentameter are, for most purposes, a more agreeable measure than the hexameter by itself.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 60, No. 372, October 1846" by Various
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
AN INTRODUCTORY WORK ON HEXAMETERS AND PENTAMETERS.
"Whittaker & Co.'s List of Classical, Educational and Technical Works" by Whittaker & Co.
The epilogue showed a pretty wit and a high degree of skill in the management of hexameter and pentameter.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 105 December 30, 1893" by Various
Both are by Christian Karl Ernst Wilhelm Buri, 1758-1820, in five-line (trochaic pentameter) stanzas.
"Ossian in Germany" by Rudolf Tombo
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In poetry:

For as the wave of the sea, upheaving in long undulations,
Plunges loud on the sands, pauses, and turns, and retreats,
So the Hexameter, rising and singing, with cadence sonorous,
Falls; and in refluent rhythm back the Pentameter flows.
"In The Harbour: Elegiac Verse" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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'.
The entire package of each entry was judged, with marketability inspiring I Yam What I Yam's tagline to be read in Yambic Pentameter.
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