a common meter in poetry consisting of an unrhymed line with five feet or accents, each foot containing an unaccented syllable and an accented syllable
French iambique 'of a foot or verse' and Greek pentameter 'measure of five'
The lovers speak entirely in iambic pentameter, which works much better than it should.
The meter is iambic pentameter; but the first foot of the second line is a trochee, and emphasizes thoughts with fine effect.
It must consist of exactly fourteen lines of iambic pentameter.
It is iambic pentameter,—the most common verse in great English poetry.
Though the prevailing verse is iambic pentameter, we rarely find more than three or four real accents.
Unrhymed poetry, usually in iambic pentameter measure, is known as blank verse.
The perception of variations in the measures of an iambic pentameter line was first taken up.
The sonnet is a lyric poem consisting of fourteen iambic pentameter lines.
The average quatrain is in iambic pentameter with alternate lines rhyming.
The most common meter in English verse. It consists of a line ten syllables long that is accented on every second beat (see blank verse). These lines in iambic pentameter are from The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare:
Ĭn sóoth,/Ĭ knów/nŏt whý/Ĭ ám/sŏ sád.
Ĭt wéa/riěs mé;/yŏu sáy/ĭt wéa/riěs yóu....