Iambic Pentameter Words List

Iambic Pentameter is a line of a verse with a short syllable followed by a long syllable. These are commonly found in traditional English poetry and verse drama. Here are some great examples of Iambic Pentameters in the following words lists.

Example #1

The only news I know
Is bulletins all day
From Immortality.
The only shows I see,
Tomorrow and Today,
Perchance Eternity.

Example #2

When I was one-and-twenty
I heard a wise man say,
‘Give crowns and pounds and guineas
But not your heart away.

Example #3

We romped until the pans
Slid from the kitchen shelf;
My mother’s countenance
Could not unfrown itself.

Example #4

I love the jocund dance,
The softly breathing song,
Where innocent eyes do glance,
And where lisps the maiden’s tongue.

Example #5

The idle life I lead
Is like a pleasant sleep,
Wherein I rest and heed
The dreams that by me sweep.

Example #6

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree.

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

Example #7

The only news I know
Is bulletins all day
From Immortality.
The only shows I see,
Tomorrow and Today,
Perchance Eternity.

Example #8

The only news I know
Is bulletins all day
From Immortality.
The only shows I see,
Tomorrow and Today,
Perchance Eternity.

Example #9

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.

Example #10

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be onetraveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could.
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by.

Here is one interesting video on the amazing secret of English rhythm. Talking in a pattern of iambs, you can achieve the native feel of speaking English like never before.