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An iamb is a metrical foot used in formal poetry. It consists of a short (unstressed) syllable followed by a long (stressed) one.


The iambic pentameter is one of the most powerful measures in English and German poetry.

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. – Alfred Tennyson

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Iambic - LoveToKnow 1911 (251 words)
IAMBIC, the term employed in prosody to denote a succession of verses, each consisting of a foot or metre called an iambus (lap00s), formed of two syllables, of which the first is short and the second long (,-, -).
The normal blank verse in English is founded upon an iambic basis, and Milton's line And swims or sinks J or wades or creeps or flies exhibits it in its primitive form.
The ordinary alexandrine of French literature is a hexapod iambic, but in all questions of quantity in modern prosody great care has to be exercised to recollect that all ascriptions of classic names to modern forms of rhymed or blank verse are merely approximate.
IAMBIC - Online Information article about IAMBIC (376 words)
verse, the rpi/.Lrpos consisting of three iambic feet.
French literature is a hexapod iambic, but in all questions of quantity in See also:
The octosyllabic, or four-foot iambic metre, has found great favour in English verse founded on old romances.
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