a foot of two syllables, a short followed by a long in quantitative meter, or an unstressed followed by a stressed in accentual meter, as in Come live / with me / and be / my love.
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How to use iamb in a sentence
The group seems a sort of combination of the iamb and trochee, and has an element in every possible zone of the movement cycle.
The group seems an iamb with a duplicated unaccented syllable.
Occasionally, however, and especially in the longer poems, the regular recurrence of the iamb is a little monotonous.Studies of Contemporary Poets | Mary C. Sturgeon
Some, however, refer it to the supposed lop-sidedness or inequality of badgers' feet, answering to the ⏑— of the iamb.Minor Poets of the Caroline Period, Vol III | John Cleveland
They are both within the zone of the unaccented syllable of the iamb.
British Dictionary definitions for iamb
a metrical foot consisting of two syllables, a short one followed by a long one (◡ –)
a line of verse of such feet
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