Poetry which is written in Iambic Pentameter
is made up of iambs
, 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 EveningTo 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 AlsoIambsAnapestic TetrameterCopyright 2010 Douglas. All rights reserved. FifteenMinutesOfFiction.com has been granted non-exclusive rights to display this work. For permission to reprint this item, please contact the author.
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