What is another word for iambus?

14 synonyms found


[ ˈi͡əmbəs], [ ˈi‍əmbəs], [ ˈiə_m_b_ə_s]

Iambus is a specific form of poetic meter that consists of two syllables, the first of which is unstressed, and the second of which is stressed. Sometimes, writers may wish to use a different term to refer to this form of meter. Luckily, there are several synonyms for the word "iambus" that can be used interchangeably. These synonyms include "iamb," "iambic," and "iambic pentameter," the last of which refers specifically to a line of poetry containing five iambs. Regardless of which term a writer chooses to use, the important thing is that they understand the fundamental structure and rhythm of the iambic meter.

Related words: iambic pentameter, iambic tetrameter, iambic hexameter, iambic heptameter, iambic octameter, what is an iamb, what is iambic poetry

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    Usage examples for Iambus

    For blank verse is but a restricted prose, because there is as often as not no natural pause at the end of the line, and because other feet may be substituted for the iambus.
    "The Literature of Ecstasy"
    Albert Mordell
    Where ye see one to be a trocheus another the iambus, and so entermingled not by election but by constraint of their seuerall accents, which ought not to be altred, yet comes it to passe that many times ye must of necessitie alter the accent of a sillable, and put him from his naturall place, and then one sillable, of a word polysillable, or one word monosillable, will abide to be made sometimes long, sometimes short, as in this quadreyne of ours playd in a mery moode.
    "The Arte of English Poesie"
    George Puttenham
    At one moment the ten syllables are only to be made out by a Chaucerian lengthening of the mute e; at another the writer seems to be emulating Wyatt in altering the accent of syllables, and coolly making the final iambus of a line out of such a word as "answer."
    "A History of English Literature Elizabethan Literature"
    George Saintsbury

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