Iambic tetrameter is a meter of verse. It refers to a line consisting of four iambic feet. The word "tetrameter" means that there are four feet in the line; iambic gives the type of foot (two syllables, one unstressed followed by one stressed). Some poetic forms rely upon iambic tetrameter: the triolet, Onegin stanza, Memoriam stanza, originally the villanelle, and long meter (or long measure) ballad stanza.
The term was adopted to describe the equivalent meter in accentual-syllabic verse, as composed in English, German, Russian, and other languages. Here, iamb refers to an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. A line of iambic tetrameter consists of four such feet in a row:
See the article on iambic pentameter for a more detailed presentation of the basic rhythm of iambic lines. Here is an English example of iambic tetrameter: Come LIVE / with ME / and BE / my LOVE. (Christopher Marlowe, "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love") Here is a German example: Dies BILD/nis IST / bezAUB/ernd SCHÅŽN. (Emanuel Schikaneder, libretto to The Magic Flute)
Poems that use iambic tetrameter include:
- She Walks in Beauty / Lord Byron
- The Dark Hills / Edwin Arlington Robinson
- I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud / William Wordsworth
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