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/riĕs mé;/yŏu sáy/ĭt wéa/riĕs yóu....
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How to use iambic pentameter in a sentence
Max Fish and Snow are wed by more than their iambic assonance.
The lovers speak entirely in iambic pentameter, which works much better than it should.
The alternate hexameter and pentameter are, for most purposes, a more agreeable measure than the hexameter by itself.
The rhythm of the lines is marked, the effect upon the ear being quite like that of English iambic pentameters hypercatalectic.Frdric Mistral|Charles Alfred Downer
There are four feet in each verse; so the poem is written in iambic tetrameter.
In this stanza the prevailing foot is iambic, but the first foot is trochaic.
If these verses were composed in good Latinity, the first word of the pentameter probably was justitiam.