Usage examples for iambic

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 48. What syllables have stress in a pure iambic line? – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. The following examples show these and some other variations from pure iambic measure:- Example I.- Grief. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown