IAMBIC , the
See also:term employed in
See also:prosody to denote a succession of verses, each consisting of a
See also:foot or metre called an iambus iiaµ/3os). formed of two syllables, of which the first is
See also:short and the second long ( . —) . After the dactylic
See also:hexameter, the iambic t rimeter was the most popular metre of
See also:Greece .
See also:Archilochus is said to have been the inventor of this iambic
See also:verse, the rpi/.Lrpos consisting of three iambic feet . In the Greek tragedians an iambic
See also:line is formed of six feet arranged in obedience to the following
See also:scheme: V V V Much of the beauty of the verse depends on the caesura, which is usually in the
See also:middle of the third foot, and far less frequently in the middle of the
See also:fourth . The
See also:English language runs more naturally in the iambic metre than in any other . The normal
See also:blank verse in English is founded upon an iambic basis, and Milton's line And swims or sinks 1 or wades or creeps or flies 1 — exhibits it in its
See also:form . The ordinary alexandrine of French literature is a hexapod iambic, but in all questions of quantity in
See also:modern prosody
See also:great care has to be exercised to recollect that all ascriptions of classic names to modern forms of rhymed or blank verse are merely approximate . The octosyllabic, or four-foot iambic metre, has found great favour in English verse founded on old romances . Decasyllabic iambic lines rhyming together form an " heroic " metre .
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