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Iambic Pentameter Definition

Poetry Definition of Iambic Pentameter

A meter in poetry, consisting of lines with five feet (hence "pentameter") in which the iamb is the dominant foot (hence "Iambic"). Iambic rhythms are quite easy to write in English and iambic pentameter is among the most common metrical forms in English poetry. Like the rest of the meters it has its origins in Greek poetry.

Example

da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM (weak STRONG / weak STRONG / weak STRONG / weak STRONG / weak STRONG) Was-THIS the-FACE that-LAUNCH'D a-THOU sand-SHIPS

Here is an example from William Shakespeare's Sonnet XVIII:

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:

Top 5 Iambic Pentameter Poem Examples

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories
Premium Member Poem Because of You Manassian, Eileen Iambic Pentametermeaningful, truth,
Premium Member Poem The Ride Turner, Daniel Iambic Pentameterimagination, memory, sad,
Premium Member Poem My Kind Manassian, Eileen Iambic Pentametertruth, woman,
Ancient Warrior Meier-Hans, Brenda Iambic Pentameterangst, culture, native american,
Premium Member Poem Dillard Mill Krampe, Agnes Iambic Pentameterautumn,

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