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Iambic Pentameter: Iambic Pentameter: poetry written with five iambs per line
Posted by Douglas, Sep 13, 2010.

Iambic Pentameter

Posted by Douglas, Sep 13, 2010.
Filed in : Articles : Poetry

Poetry which is written in Iambic Pentameter is made up of iambs. Penta means five, so each line of iambic pentameter is made up of five iambs.

The following is a short example of a poem written in iambic pentameter:

In the Evening
To pass the evening's swiftly fading light,
I pulled from off the shelf a poet's book,
Swept cobwebs from imagination's nook,
And filled my mind with wonder and delight.

(Copyright 2010 by Douglas Twitchell)

This same poem is written below with accented syllables written in upper case letters, so you can see that there are five pairs of alternating unaccented and accented syllables.

to PASS the EVENing's SWIFTly FADing LIGHT,
i PULLED from OFF the SHELF a POet's BOOK,
swept COBwebs FROM iMAGinAtion's NOOK,
and FILLED my MIND with WONder AND deLIGHT.

See Also
Anapestic Tetrameter

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