, a pentameter
is a line of verse consisting of five metrical feet
. Iambic pentameter
is one of the most commonly used meters in English, used extensively by many poets, including William Shakespeare
, John Milton
, and William Wordsworth
. It is a line that consists of five iambs
. Occasionally, Shakespeare will invert each foot
to produce a line in trochaic pentameter
, which consists of five trochees
; an example of which may be found in King Lear
's dying speech--"Never, never, never, never, never!" (4.3).
The dactylic pentameter
is found in elegiac poetry
as the second line in an elegiac distich
consisting of a dactylic hexameter
and a pentameter.
The following is an example of iambic pentameter:
"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"