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Iambic monometer

An iambic foot (known as an iamb) has a short syllable followed by a long syllable (SL, or U/).

Monometer is one foot per line.



The bold text in this example indicates the LONG syllable – the one that is accented.

iambic monometer mnemonic 

Thus I

Pass by

And die:

As one


And gone.

I’m made

A shade

And laid

I’th’ grave:

There have

My cave,

Where tell

I dwell.


                Robert Herrick – Upon His Departure Hence


The accent on a syllable can change even for the same word. For instance, the word “I” is long in one place, but short in another, depending on the way the poet has written the line.

A closer look at the feet in this poem

U = short syllable; / = long syllable

iambic example

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