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Iambic meter! (Did you know that it expresses our heart-beat?)


Yes, it expresses the beat of our hearts!

Iambic meter: The more widely used meter in structured verse.
Today we will examine four variations of it: The Pentameter, the Tetrameter, the Hexameter and the Trimeter.


1) Iambic pentameter is a commonly used metrical line in traditional verse, and verse drama. The term describes the particular rhythm that the words establish in that line. That rhythm is measured in small groups of syllables; these small groups of syllables are called "feet". The word "iambic" describes the type of foot that is used (in English, an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable). The word "pentameter" indicates that a line has five of these "feet."
The da-DUM of a human heartbeat is the most common example of this rhythm.
A standard line of iambic pentameter is five iambic feet in a row:

da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM

(the above excerpt was taken from: )


( ...Concerned the stalwart stares above the land
where snow flakes in the winter gust rotate
the herds of buffalo tracked down and strand-
-were forced to move ahead and relocate. )
(by Giorgio V.)

Most sonnets (English and Italian) are written in Iambic Pentameter.

2) Similarly, we may refer to Iambic tetrameter verse:
A standard line of iambic tetrameter consists of four iambic feet in a row:
da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM


( ...The sea-waves touch your open palms;
along the shore the waters bid
when stormy sea henceforth becalms,
and tide engulfs what skies forbid.)
(by Giorgio V.)


3) Another variation is the Iambic hexameter:
A standard line of iambic hexameter consists of six iambic feet in a row:
da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM
It is a demanding form of Iamb and we use it when our theme requires longer, rhetorical lines.


( ...And then my thought reshaped two passengers to pair
amid that solitude and needle-stinging rain,
details that spun the gyroscopic lift and flare,
across the road evolved to some melodic strain.)
(By Giorgio Venetopoulos)


3) Iambic trimeter is a meter consisting of three iambic units per line:
da DUM da DUM da DUM
The playful and fast rhythm this meter offers, is suitable for lyrics and light poetry.


(...We romped until the pans
Slid from the kitchen shelf;
My mother's countenance
Could not unfrown itself. )
(by Theodore Roethke )

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