iambic pentameter

[ (eye-am-bik pen-tam-uh-tuhr) ]

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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Words nearby iambic pentameter

iago, ialysus, iamaw, iamb, iambic, iambic pentameter, iambus, ian, iap, iapetus, iapigia
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