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iambic pentameter

It is written in iambic pentameter.
  verse consisting of five parts per line, each part having an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable
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Shakespeare’s plays are written almost exclusively in iambic pentameter. For example, in Richard III:  A horse,/ a horse,/ my king/dom for/ a horse!

Here is a longer example from his The Merchant of Venice:

The qua / lity / of mer / cy is / not strain’d.
It drop / peth as / the gen / tle rain / from heaven
Upon / the place / beneath; / it is / twice blessed:
It bles/ seth him / that gives / and him / that takes:
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  • It is written in iambic pentameter.
  • There are fourteen lines, I believe, all in iambic pentameter.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • It almost scanned conversations in iambic pentameter; the words rolled off her tongue in poems.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The school baseball star, Peter Greer, was having trouble remembering the number of couplets necessary for a line of Shakespearean iambic pentameter.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons

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  • The miracle of the sonnet, you see, is that it is fourteen lines long and written almost always in iambic pentameter.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Shakespeare above all made it available for serious dramatic poetry, and Milton canonized unrhymed iambic pentameter for epic in Paradise Lost.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Everything was passed through the stark prism of their experiences and they just bled onto the page-sometimes awkwardly and, God knows, far from iambic pentameter-but often with a stunning inventiveness.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The roots of iambic pentameter were deeply pagan.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • English blank verse, unrhymed iambic pentameter, was developed from Italian models in the sixteenth century and used for epic in Henry Howard’s translations from The Aeneid of 1539-46.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Iambic pentameter was a symmetrical meter based on the sacred Illuminati numbers of 5 and 2!
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons

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  • Iambic pentameter, on account of its simplicity, was often called "pure verse" or "pure meter."
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • A perfect stanza of iambic pentameter, and the first altar of science had revealed itself in pristine clarity.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • It would have destroyed the poem’s iambic pentameter.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Iambic pentameter.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • He heard the rhythms of iambic pentameter and chanting, Hieros Gamos and sacred rites, resonating with the rumble of the jet.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Again, in iambic pentameter.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • For centuries, iambic pentameter had been a preferred poetic meter of outspoken literati across the globe, from the ancient Greek writer Archilochus to Shakespeare, Milton, Chaucer, and Voltaire—bold souls who chose to write their social commentaries in a meter that many of the day believed had mystical properties.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • It’s a damn line of iambic pentameter," he said suddenly, counting the syllables again.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
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Associated words [difficulty]:   iambic pentameter [7] , sonnet [3] , blank verse [8] , free verse [9]
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