iambic pentameter


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iambic pentameter:

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[Gr.,=measure of five], in prosody, a line to be scanned in five feet (see versification). The third line of Thomas Nashe's "Spring" is in pentameter: "Cold doth / not sting, / the pret / ty birds / do sing.
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In the paradigmatic iambic pentameter or decasyllabic line, the five even-numbered syllables in "strong" positions (syllables 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10) are stressed, while the five uneven-numbered syllables in "weak" positions are not.
The women don't actually teach the kids what iambic pentameter is, but the children are subconsciously learning it at free monthly poetry readings at The Rabbit Hole.
It is accentual rather than accentual-syllabic, though there is quite a bit of not necessarily inadvertent iambic pentameter in most of them.
While it will be tedious to go into these technical terms, I will define the iambic pentameter since it is the bases of most English verse forms.
In his comments on the translation, Professor Zakrzewski remarked that it took him a long time to discover that Pan Tadeusz translates best into prose rather than the iambic pentameter in which it originally was written.
Ancient Kannada writers rendered both the Ramayana and the Mahabharata in the epic rhythm that could be considered akin to the iambic pentameter in which William Shakespeare wrote.
For example, at the end of the fight, Helena abbreviates "I am amazed" to "I'm amazed": she gets the laugh, and ruins an iambic pentameter.
However, this has not affected the telling of the story or the presence of iambic pentameter.
He started in 1992 with the dance-contest movie "Strictly Ballroom" and followed with "Romeo + Juliet," in which Leonardo DiCaprio declaims in iambic pentameter in Verona Beach, Florida.
The chapter on meter ably surveys literature that discomforts a simple assessment of Shakespeare as conforming to iambic pentameter.
Chips character who seems like a cross between the Pillsbury Doughboy and the Energizer Bunny, and who is given to regular outbursts of iambic pentameter.
While lines in iambic pentameter are regulated by the meter, they vary from each other in the number of syllables, and in the exact pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables which constitutes the rhythm of the line.