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WHAT IS IT?. A 14 line poem written in iambic pentameterOriginated in Italy in the 13th century. Named after Petrarch though invented by some other Italian. (317)Introduced to English Lit by Sir Thomas Wyatt. IAMBIC HUH?. A meter in poetry - Each line contains TEN syllables, five of which are stressedExample:When for/ty win/ters shall/ besiege/ thy brow - An IAMB is an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed, creating a metric foot.What is its purpose?.

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