from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A metrical foot consisting of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable or a short syllable followed by a long syllable, as in delay.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A metrical foot in verse consisting of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An iambus or iambic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as iambus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a metrical unit with unstressed-stressed syllables
The "iamb" series makes visual reference to Josef Strau, an artist who uses lamps in his sculptures, and with whom Ms.
And you can flip around an iamb so that the line begins with a little triplet, or an eighth note and a sixteenth note, which happens a lot—as in “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.”
You can change an initial trochee to an iamb by adding an “And” or an “O.”
With a polished iamb, trochee, dactyl, amphibrach and anapest.
The widow and her children went home without so much as an iamb.
In Shakespeare's day the groundlings were a lot more unruly, and you could say that that actress wasn't being sincere or true to her Shakespearean traditions, taking umbrage at a harmless bit of tom foolery that wouldn't have caused Richard Burbage to drop so much as a single iamb from To be, or not to be.
Which would make it a spondee and an iamb, I guess.
For the next seven years, despite repeated strokes, my grandfather worked at a small desk, piecing together the legendary fragments into a larger mosaic, adding a stanza here, a coda there, soldering an anapest or an iamb.
In our understanding, the sonnet seems to be the very shape of thought: in its dense, patterned form it exteriorizes thought; and "I think" or "I thought" is the perfect iamb.
The English-speaking foreigner is at first surprised, if he takes to scanning Pushkin's blank verse, to find that there are few substitutions of feet — hardly even a trochee for an iamb.