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Iambic Pentameter Poems

Read wonderful iambic pentameter poetry on the following sub-topics: christmas, dog, family, food, friends, funny, kids, life, love, music, nature, school, sports, war and more. Read a definition and example (where appropriate).

Note: The forms for these poems were selected by the poet. Often poems are assigned the wrong form. Please confirm the accuracy of the poetic form before referencing the poem.



List of New Poems

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories  
Premium Member Poem A Sneeze to Spring Carolyn Devonshire Iambic Pentameter seasons, spring,
Oreos and Racism Landon Habeck Iambic Pentameter 9th grade, food, racism,
IS IT OK FOR MISS LIZZY TO TALK Elizabeth Duran Iambic Pentameter society,
Life's Blood Julia Williamson Iambic Pentameter life, tribute,
My Child Juli Thomas Iambic Pentameter age, blessing, child, christian,
Premium Member Poem I See You, God Sandra Haight Iambic Pentameter god, life, universe,
Premium Member Poem SHOW TIME - You're FIRED Mr Mueller Vee Bdosa Iambic Pentameter 12th grade, abuse, america,
A Beauteous Sight - Iambic Pentameter Vladislav Raven Iambic Pentameter dream, feelings, love, night,
desolation Uhellig Svart Iambic Pentameter evil,
Premium Member Poem This Thing Called Love Eileen Manassian Iambic Pentameter love,
Premium Member Poem Christmas Eve Mystery Sandra Haight Iambic Pentameter christmas, mystery,
Final Kiss Wayne Wysocki Iambic Pentameter goodbye, love, war,
YOUNG ARE TRIED Paula Larson Iambic Pentameter confusion, for teens,
Premium Member Poem I Stand Here Now Sandra Haight Iambic Pentameter age, life, winter,
What really happened to Shrek Nicholas Beddoo Iambic Pentameter fire,
Premium Member Poem How Sweet It Is Sandra Haight Iambic Pentameter future, humorous, space, voyage,
Between Jupiter and a Bottle Mark Priestley Iambic Pentameter imagery,
A BEEN Paula Larson Iambic Pentameter identity, image,
THE SCATTERING Paula Larson Iambic Pentameter prayer,
STANDING TALL DEMEANOR Paula Larson Iambic Pentameter jesus, prayer, rights,
EATING MY WORDS Paula Larson Iambic Pentameter words,
Premium Member Poem Hello September Sandra Haight Iambic Pentameter hello, september,
A Walk to St Mary's Church Mike Jones Iambic Pentameter history, journey, travel,
Twilight Notions Mike Gentile Iambic Pentameter dream, inspiration, poetry, sleep,
Premium Member Poem There Are Days When Sandra Haight Iambic Pentameter conflict, life, meaningful, thanks,
It Started From Ten Sil Ng Iambic Pentameter christmas,
Premium Member Poem A Walk In Solitude Sandra Haight Iambic Pentameter nature, solitude,
Premium Member Poem An Incomplete Love Story Sandra Haight Iambic Pentameter love, sad love,
Inviting hills Aniruddha Pathak Iambic Pentameter childhood,
Years of Hurt Gail Foster Iambic Pentameter abuse, anger, fear, football,
Premium Member Poem To Albert Bandura: I Wish you Knew Eileen Manassian Iambic Pentameter tribute,
Premium Member Poem Winter's Weathered Hue Sandra Haight Iambic Pentameter love, marriage, seasons,
MILL WHEEL Mick Talbot Iambic Pentameter spring,
Premium Member Poem The Value of a Ventriloquist Janis Thompson Iambic Pentameter desire, fantasy, humorous,
An Angel With Sins Sil Ng Iambic Pentameter angel, sin,
Ode to Six Lines Mick Talbot Iambic Pentameter bird, joy, nature, song,
Premium Member Poem Hollow Horror Sandra Haight Iambic Pentameter death, earth, life,
more Kaitlyn Nelson Iambic Pentameter break up,
A Great Mind conor pullen Iambic Pentameter deep, humanity, identity, smart,
Premium Member Poem Her Wedding Day Sandra Haight Iambic Pentameter wedding,
Premium Member Poem The Essence of Soft Shadows Sandra Haight Iambic Pentameter death, heaven,
Premium Member Poem In Memory of You Eileen Manassian Iambic Pentameter death of a friend,
Premium Member Poem No Epiphany Here Bo Fothergill Iambic Pentameter change, future, growing up,
Premium Member Poem Untunneled Vision Bo Fothergill Iambic Pentameter change, conflict, parody, time,
Surpassing Care Morgan Kramer Iambic Pentameter change, confidence, grief, hope,
Premium Member Poem The Unseen Conflict Eileen Manassian Iambic Pentameter conflict,
Premium Member Poem One Nine and Sixteen - The Attic Sandra Haight Iambic Pentameter death, grandparents, memory,
Depressed David Loewen Iambic Pentameter depression, sad,
Premium Member Poem Watercolor Afternoon Daniel Turner Iambic Pentameter brother, emotions, memory,
Premium Member Poem The Classical Whisper Probir Gupta Iambic Pentameter imagery, life, love,

About This Page

Iambic Pentameter Poems. Examples of Iambic Pentameters and a list of poems in the correct poetic form and technique. Share and read Iambic Pentameter poetry while accessing rules, topics, ideas, and a comprehensive literary definition of an Iambic Pentameter.

Brief Definition

Iambic Pentameter is a type of poem that uses a set meter to define the number of syllables, and the sequence of stresses that the poem will follow. The rules for iambic pentameter are that each line can only have ten syllables, and these are five pairs of alternating stressed and unstressed syllables. It creates a formula for the rhythm, and rise and fall of words within poetry, usually producing a musical quality.

It is easier to understand this if you read a poem using iambic pentameter, but it will generally sound something like this: ba-BUM / ba-BUM / ba-BUM / ba-BUM / ba-BUM. Each of these sets are known as an iambus, and create a sequence of beats.

Different meters have been used in poetry, but the iambic pentameter seems to be the most well-known and successful. William Shakespeare was famous for his use of Iambic Pentameter, and the majority of his poetry and sonnets follow this meter. 

Iambic Pentameter Poem Example

Ancient Warrior

I see the wrinkles in your suntanned brow,
You carried burdens then; you see them now.
You’ve heard the cries your people who in pain,
Have shed their tears two hundred years like rain. 

Your sad brown eyes, reflecting now the sky
I see the wings of eagles flying by
Beside you stands an Appaloosa mare
Her spirit one with you now over there.

You hear the drums, they bid you to come near,
Your spirit drawn the beats they ring so clear.
Song like prayers are chanted through the night,
Calling you come, and help them end their plight.  

You’ve heard sad cries and now stand at their side,
You join the prayers with both arms open wide,
United spirits sing until the dawn,
When in the fire’s flames a golden fawn.

Remembering a smile crosses your face,
When tribes were one with Mother Nature’s grace.
The lakes and streams flowing with waters clear,
Flow sadly now, the planet lives in fear.

The weightless feathers that adorn your head
Your tribes grey future weighed you down instead.
Now breathing deep you smell the winds of change
While here on earth your people rearrange.

Written by Brenda Meier-Hans 
10.21.2014
Giorgio A.V. Contest 
Iambic Pentameter 
1st place

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