Usage examples for iambic

  1. " Iambic pentameter," he says in the essay on the heroic ballad, " is by no means the most suitable form for the treatment of ancient Scandinavian material; this form of verse is altogether foreign to our national meters, and it is surely through a national form that the national material can find its fullest expression." – Early Plays Catiline, The Warrior's Barrow, Olaf Liljekrans by Henrik Ibsen
  2. Any of the feet admissible in an iambic line might occupy any place in the line, with the exception of the last. – The Roman Poets of the Republic by W. Y. Sellar
  3. Two of the short lines are definitely iambic, the other eight are doubtful, but apparently trochaic. – The Principles of English Versification by Paull Franklin Baum
  4. Again, in imitating the iambic and trochaic metres of the Greek drama, the Roman poets were quite indifferent to the laws by which their finer harmony is produced. – The Roman Poets of the Republic by W. Y. Sellar
  5. The following examples show these and some other variations from pure iambic measure:- Example I.- Grief. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  6. Imitation is only a kind of play or sport, and the tragic poets, whether they write in iambic or in Heroic verse, are imitators in the highest degree? – Plato's Republic by Plato
  7. In the case of Dante the rhythmical basis is the same in both languages; for the iambic measure is our chief poetic vehicle, wrought to perfection by Shakespeare and Milton. – Essays Æsthetical by George Calvert
  8. The change to the iambic in the central part of the poem only proves the real character of the trochaic feet, and, in fact, accentuates their spirit. – Browning and the Dramatic Monologue by S. S. Curry
  9. Aristotle was far from thinking as they do: he was of opinion that heroic numbers are too sonorous for prose; and that, on the other hand, the iambic has too much the resemblance of vulgar talk:- and, accordingly, he recommends the style which is neither too low and common, nor too lofty and extravagant, but retains such a just proportion of dignity, as to win the attention, and excite the admiration of the hearer. – Cicero's Brutus or History of Famous Orators; also His Orator, or Accomplished Speaker. by Cicero
  10. When honor at Phillippi fell A pray to brutal passion, I regret to say that my feet ran away In swift Iambic fashion; You were no poet- soldier born, You staid, nor did you wince then- Mercury came To my help, which same Has frequently saved me since then. – Hoosier Lyrics by Eugene Field
  11. 48. What syllables have stress in a pure iambic line? – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  12. In metrical effects the style of the lesser English poet is an exact counterpart of the style of the lesser Greek; there is the same comparative tenuity and fluidity of verse, the same excess of short unemphatic syllables, the same solution of the graver iambic into soft overflow of lighter and longer feet which relaxes and dilutes the solid harmony of tragic metre with notes of a more facile and feminine strain. – A Study of Shakespeare by Algernon Charles Swinburne
  13. Pardon me, those last six words comprise an iambic line- a fact which is itself the best evidence of my agitation. – The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates
  14. It is a collection of stories written in heroic metre- that is, in the rhymed couplet of five iambic feet. – A Brief History of the English Language and Literature, Vol. 2 (of 2) by John Miller Dow Meiklejohn
  15. The tragedies are totally without dramatic life, consisting merely of a series of declamatory speeches, in correct but monotonous versification, interspersed with choruses, which only differ from the speeches by being written in lyric metres instead of the iambic. – Latin Literature by J. W. Mackail
  16. Adequate rendering of this poem requires a very decided touch upon the strong foot, that is, an accentuation of the iambic movement. – Browning and the Dramatic Monologue by S. S. Curry
  17. I quote from S. H. Butcher's translation: For there is no common term we could apply to the mimes of Sophron and Xenarchus and the Socratic dialogues on the one hand; and, on the other, to poetic imitations in iambic, elegaic, or any similar metre. – The Literature of Ecstasy by Albert Mordell
  18. Without some species of measure,- Iambic, Trochaic, Anapestic, Dactylic, or some other,- there can be no regular movement, no " progressive order of sounds." – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown