Usage examples for iambus

  1. For blank verse is but a restricted prose, because there is as often as not no natural pause at the end of the line, and because other feet may be substituted for the iambus – The Literature of Ecstasy by Albert Mordell
  2. In Browning's " Prospice," the iambus predominates, and expresses heroic endurance and courage in meeting death; but the first foot-" Fear death"- is a spondee, and indicates the deliberative realization of the situation. – Browning and the Dramatic Monologue by S. S. Curry
  3. It is the opposite of the iambus – Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism by F. V. N. Painter
  4. Where ye see one to be a trocheus another the iambus and so entermingled not by election but by constraint of their seuerall accents, which ought not to be altred, yet comes it to passe that many times ye must of necessitie alter the accent of a sillable, and put him from his naturall place, and then one sillable, of a word polysillable, or one word monosillable, will abide to be made sometimes long, sometimes short, as in this quadreyne of ours playd in a mery moode. – The Arte of English Poesie by George Puttenham
  5. 118. " An Iambus has the first syllable unaccented, and the last accented." – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  6. Possibly lines of five anapests, or of four and an initial iambus might be written; for these would scarcely equal in length some of the iambics and trochaics already exhibited. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  7. It is almost wholly destitute of quantity, and the intonation which supplies that want is of such a kind that hardly any foot but the iambus is possible in it. – A Short History of French Literature by George Saintsbury
  8. Since both the iambus and the anapest are accented on the last syllable, they may be interchanged. – Composition-Rhetoric by Stratton D. Brooks
  9. At one moment the ten syllables are only to be made out by a Chaucerian lengthening of the mute e; at another the writer seems to be emulating Wyatt in altering the accent of syllables, and coolly making the final iambus of a line out of such a word as " answer." – A History of English Literature Elizabethan Literature by George Saintsbury
  10. 21. What is an Iambus – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  11. In an Iambus the first syllable is unaccented. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  12. Thus the three words marked above make a 'choriambus'- u u -, or perhaps a 'paeon primus'- u u u; a dactyl, by virtue of comic rapidity, being only equal to an iambus when distinctly pronounced. – Literary Remains, Vol. 2 by Coleridge
  13. An Iambus has the first syllable unaccented, and the last accented. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  14. For the sake of convenience the accented syllables are indicated thus: , and the unaccented syllables thus: U. An iambus is a foot consisting of two syllables with the accent on the last. – Composition-Rhetoric by Stratton D. Brooks