Elements of Poetry. What is a poem? . a composition in verse, especially one that is characterized by a highly developed artistic form and by the use of heightened language and rhythm to express an intensely imaginative interpretation of the subject. . Terms Found Most Often in Poetry:.
An iambic foot is an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. We could write the rhythm like this:
A line of iambic pentameter is five iambic feet in a row:
We can notate this with a '˘' mark representing an unstressed syllable and a '/' mark representing a stressed syllable.
In this notation a line of iambic pentameter would look like this:
Dreams by Langston HughesHold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow.