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Iamb or Iambus, Iamic

Iamb or Iambus, Iambic (Greek = to attack in words)

An unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one.

Rhythm and phrasing of iambic pentameter is like speech bordering on song

Iambic meters per number of feet:

1. monometer

2. diameter or duple meter

3. trometter

4. tetrameter (songlike,capable of grace and power)

5. pentameter

6. hexameter

Can mix meters in an iambic poem

Iambic words: arrange, complain, revenge