from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Consisting of iambs or characterized by their predominance: iambic pentameter.
- n. An iamb.
- n. A verse, stanza, or poem written in iambs. Often used in the plural.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Consisting of iambs or characterized by their predominance
- n. An iamb; A line or group of lines of iambs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Consisting of a short syllable followed by a long one, or of an unaccented syllable followed by an accented.
- adj. Pertaining to, or composed of, iambics
- n. An iambic foot; an iambus.
- n. A verse composed of iambic feet.
- n. A satirical poem (such poems having been anciently written in iambic verse); a satire; a lampoon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to the iambus; employing iambics: as, iambic meter; an iambic poet.
- Consisting of an iambus, or of iambics: as, an iambic foot; an iambic verse or poem.
- n. In prosody: Same as iambus
- n. Averse or metrical period consisting of iambi.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or consisting of iambs
- n. a verse line consisting of iambs
In this poem the feet are iambic and there are four of them, consequently we name the meter of this poem _iambic tetrameter_.
"The twilight hours like birds flew by," is made up of four iambic feet, and is therefore an _iambic tetrameter_.
But I hope it shows that what we call iambic pentameter is really, if you count the rest the way you must count it, a kind of slow waltz rhythm.
When you've got a couple of top-five New York Times best sellers under your belt and you want to do a five hundred page exploration of terrorism in iambic pentameter, go for it.
In your graduate studies, did you find out why most of her poetry was written in iambic tetrameter?
A poem of 14 lines in iambic pentameter, which follows the rhyme scheme abab cdcd efefgg.
I also left wanting to speak extemporaneously in iambic pentameter, but that is Shagspeare's fault.
Written in iambic tetrameter, it is better known today by the title “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”
His “November” is a quiet poem, written in iambic meter – the closest to natural speech – instead of high-stepping anapests and dactyls.
Updike writes in iambic meter – the closest to natural speech – instead of the galloping anapests and dactyls so often found in rhymes for the very young.