A metrical foot consisting of an unaccented syllable followed by an accented one. This is the rhythm of ordinary English speech. Examples of iambic words are "divide" and "deter." Gerard Manley Hopkins' "The Windhover" begins deceptively with a line that appears to have five iambic feet, "I caught this morning morning's minion, king-", but that scans differently in his own sprung rhythm. A double foot termed the di-iamb / ~ ' ~ ' / was common in Classical Greek and Latin.
A Classical Greek and Latin metre with three iambic feet (also known in English as the Alexandrine).
An expression that describes a literal sensation, whether of hearing, seeing, touching, tasting, and feeling.
A Classical Greek and Latin double foot consisting of two unstressed syllables and two stressed syllables, either ionic a majore / ' ' ~ ~ / or ionic a minore / ~ ~ ' ' /.
All stressed syllables are separated in isochronous metre by equal duration of time no matter how many slacks or unstressed syllables occur between them.
A line or lines that consist of clauses of equal length.