Definitions

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  • n. Plural form of iamb.

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Examples

  • This year's intention was to be so strict at blank verse blogging that my comments, too, would be in iambs five.

    April 22nd, 2008

  • Well, not by simply repeating the present perfect, but by simply repeating the present perfect as the last three iambs in a line begun with the word ‘generations,’ the accent of which word falls on the penultimate syllable and thereby renders the meter of the first two feet completely ambiguous.

    God’s Grandeur « Unknowing

  • And the initial anapestic foot of the second line seems to slide down after the discovery in the first line that not trochees but iambs are afoot.

    The Poet Thomas Hardy « Unknowing

  • The first two iambs are followed by something almost like a qualitative anapest (in English we do meter based on stress, and here the stress falls on the first syllable of grandeur; in Greek and Latin the stress is based on quality = the length of the syllable, and you can see how much longer than ‘with’ and ‘the’ is the ‘grand’ of grandeur).

    God’s Grandeur « Unknowing

  • Who knew, for instance, that iambs an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one make feminine-sounding names, such as Chanel, while the reverse—called a trochee—has the masculine sound of Black & Decker?

    The Soul of Brevity

  • So I hear and speak that last line of iambs as emerging of their own accord from a shifting pattern of emphasis: when BU-reau-crats e-MERGED from QUI-et CARS

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Lawyer-Poet

  • Aloud, I hear strict iambs throughout as somewhat stilted and forced.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Lawyer-Poet

  • I, Montese Crandall, rely heavily on such strategies as alliteration, condensation, the strange, ghostly echo of metrical feet, iambs and dactyls, spondees and amphibrachs.

    'The Four Fingers of Death'

  • - F. BADWULFLittle did Fenris know at the time that a Fenris-inspired song using the unstoppable B flat minor/iambs combination was already taking shape!

    Fenris Doesn't Care (MP3)

  • So I hear and speak that last line of iambs as emerging of their own accord from a shifting pattern of emphasis:

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Lawyer-Poet

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