Iambic Pentameter is a commonly used metrical line in traditional verse and verse drama. The term describes the particular rhythm that the words establish in that line. That rhythm is measured in small groups of syllables; these small groups of syllables are called "feet". The word "iambic" describes the type of foot that is used, in English, an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. The word "pentameter" indicates that a line has five of these "feet." Poetry with five iambs are iambic pentameter, William Shakespeare used iambic pentameter in his plays and sonnets as exemplified in Romeo and Juliet:
"But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief"
Although this poetry structure is extremely attractive and can be very fun to recreate, it is important to use it when it is best applicable: such as in poems that are meant to be read aloud. The modern lyric poem is particularly fond of containing this poetry structure, particularly because of the easy-to-follow rhythm that can keep the audience captivated throughout a recital where the poetic rhythm is clearly defined and easily adapted relevantly to the subject matter and presentation.
Iambic pentameter refers to a certain kind of line of poetry, and has to do with the number of syllables in the line and the emphasis placed on those syllables. Many of Shakespeare's works are often used as great examples of iambic pentameter.
Two nicks to Nick's two Knicks tunics, tune hicks.