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iambic pentameter

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

-ial, Ialysus, IAMAW, iamb, iambic, iambic pentameter, iambus, Ian, -iana, IAP, Iapetus
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