Definition of pentameter
: a line of verse consisting of five metrical feet
Examples of pentameter in a Sentence
a poem written in iambic pentameter
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Caius Martius Coriolanus—a scary-ass soldier hell-bent on destroying Rome—is unburdened of iambic pentameter, girded with guns, and anointed with rich, moody lighting courtesy of the cinematographer from The Hurt Locker.
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In a line of poetry written in perfect iambic pentameter, there are five unstressed syllables, each of which is followed by a stressed syllable. Each pair of syllables is a metrical foot called an iamb. Much of the greatest poetry in English has been written in iambic pentameter; Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton used it more than any other meter. Robert Frost's line "I'm going out to clean the pasture spring" is an example of it; his "And miles to go before I sleep" is instead an example of iambic tetrameter, with only four accented syllables.
PENTAMETER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pentameter for English Language Learners
: a rhythm in poetry that has five stressed syllables in each line
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