Definition of Pentameter Literary Term
Pentameter is a line of poetry that has five metrical feet.
The meter in poetry involves exact arrangements of syllables into repeated patterns called feet within a line. Meters are regularized rhythms. an arrangement of language in which the accents occur at apparently equal intervals in time. Each repeated unit of meter is called a foot.
The number of metrical feet in a line are described as follows:
- Dimeter — two feet
- Trimeter — three feet
- Tetrameter — four feet
- Pentameter — five feet
- Hexameter — six feet
- Heptameter — seven feet
- Octameter — eight feet
The meter in poetry involves the exact arrangements of syllables into repeated patterns called feet within a line.