Iambic pentameter is a meter in poetry that has an unrhymed line with 5
iambs (or feet).
Iambic means that the stress is on the second syllable:
A Pentameter shows us that a line has five feet (or clusters) of two
syllables each that add to ten syllables a line.
_ / _ / _ / _ / _ / _ / _ /
The falling out of faithful friends, renewing is of love
Shakespeare was the maximum exponent of iambic pentameter. His
poetry followed a metrical system. Although he also used many differing
forms of verses, his most often relied on was the Accentual Syllabic.
This verse is made up of pairs of triads (groups of 3) of syllables that
alternate or group stresses together.
A stress on a syllable is shown with an accent above it as in the word
"mu´-sic." I mark the stress (or accent) in the example above with this
And an unstressed syllable would have this symbol _ over it.
Stressed syllables are usually the same as they would be in normal
speech for example–
_ / _
When Iambic pentameter is read aloud it would follow a beat such as