Even so, several of them do not really belong to the series; composed in stanza forms, they are selected from his earlier poems and here pressed into service, and on the average they are less excellent than those which he wrote for their present places (in the rimed pentameter couplet that he adopted from the French).
His stanza combinations reproduce all the well-proportioned grace of his French models, and to the pentameter riming couplet of his later work he gives the perfect ease and metrical variety which match the fluent thought.
Your stool limps like one of Martial's distiches; it has one hexameter leg and one pentameter
It's as if the characters in Carry on up the Khyber periodically swapped their double entendres for Shakespearean iambic pentameters
One thinks of Marx, or Freud, or especially, in this case, Osip Mandelstam, whom Brodsky described in a superb essay as "a little Jewish boy with a heart full of Russian iambic pentameters
He said: "We all want literary festivals to be stimulating forums for debate and portholes for high-minded ideas to enter our culture but, let's face it, they can be a bit boring, with puffed-up Oxbridge poets stooped over pulpits reading impenetrable pentameters
This sonnet, written in clear iambic pentameters
and strong rhyme, uses the seasons to chart the passage - some might say decline - of love into friendship.
As can be seen in (31) all odd-numbered lines are pentameters
, whereas the even-numbered lines vary in length between three and five feet, there are 5 trimeter lines, 1 tetrameter and 3 pentameters
Before I could demand that we meet to discuss our iambic pentameters
, our receipt arrived and we were away.
Be it iambic pentameters
from observant amateurs, all are welcome to perform and be heard.
Imagine a darker, more academic version of the relationship between Alfie Moon and Kat Slater but with lots more iambic pentameters
and less scenes set inside a pub.