Poetry Kaleidoscope: Guide to Poetry
IambCommon Metre | Iambic Heptameter | Iambic Pentameter | Iambic Trimeter
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An iamb is a metrical foot used in formal poetry. It is characterised by a short (unstressed) syllable followed by a long (stressed) one. The opposite is a trochee, which is characterised by a long syllable followed by a short one.
Iambic trimeter is the metre of the spoken verses in Greek tragedy and comedy.
Non-bold = short syllable
Bold = long syllable
- To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. – Alfred Tennyson
- Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? – William Shakespeare