What is another word for iambic pentameter?

74 synonyms found


[ ˈi͡əmbɪk pˈɛntɐmˌiːtə], [ ˈi‍əmbɪk pˈɛntɐmˌiːtə], [ ˈiə_m_b_ɪ_k p_ˈɛ_n_t_ɐ_m_ˌiː_t_ə]

Iambic pentameter is a well-known term for poetry enthusiasts. However, while the concept of a metrical line composed of five iambs (a metrical foot consisting of two syllables, with the first syllable unstressed and the second syllable stressed) is familiar to many, there are several alternative phrases that can be used to describe this form. Some synonyms for iambic pentameter include blank verse, heroic couplets, and decasyllabic verse. Blank verse refers specifically to unrhymed iambic pentameter, while heroic couplets refer to iambic pentameter lines that rhyme in pairs. Decasyllabic verse is another term that is used interchangeably with iambic pentameter, emphasizing the ten-syllable length of each line.

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    How to use "Iambic pentameter" in context?

    In poetry, ambic pentameter consists of five pairs of stressed and unstressed syllables, usually center-lined. The first line of each stanza always has five syllables. The last line of each stanza has one less syllable than the line before it. This creates a kind of "pentaphonic" rhythm, in which the final syllable of one line gives rise to the syllable of the next. In English, this type of rhythm is often heard in the lines "How sweet it is to be loved by you.

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