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'''Iambic pentameter''' is a line of [[poetic meter]], made up of five iambic [[metric feet|feet]]. In classical poetry an iambic foot is a short syllable follwed by a longer syllable, but in English poetry it is an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable, as in the word ''again''. An example of a line in iambic pentameter would therefore be "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day", where the accent falls on the syllables ''I'', ''-pare'', ''to'', ''sum-'' and ''day''.
 
'''Iambic pentameter''' is a line of [[poetic meter]], made up of five iambic [[metric feet|feet]]. In classical poetry an iambic foot is a short syllable follwed by a longer syllable, but in English poetry it is an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable, as in the word ''again''. An example of a line in iambic pentameter would therefore be "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day", where the accent falls on the syllables ''I'', ''-pare'', ''to'', ''sum-'' and ''day''.
  
The most famous usage of iambic pentameter is in the [[sonnet]] and in the [[Elizabethan]] [[verse plays]] of [[Marlowe]] and [[Shakespeare]].
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The most famous usage of iambic pentameter is in the [[sonnet]] and in the [[Elizabethan]] [[verse play]]s of [[Marlowe]] and [[Shakespeare]].
  
 
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Latest revision as of 04:58, 8 November 2006

Iambic pentameter is a line of poetic meter, made up of five iambic feet. In classical poetry an iambic foot is a short syllable follwed by a longer syllable, but in English poetry it is an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable, as in the word again. An example of a line in iambic pentameter would therefore be "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day", where the accent falls on the syllables I, -pare, to, sum- and day.

The most famous usage of iambic pentameter is in the sonnet and in the Elizabethan verse plays of Marlowe and Shakespeare.