Homework Help

From ''Ode on a Gracian Urn,'' is this line in Iambic pentameter? : Than ours, a friend...

user profile pic

longwinded | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted August 21, 2011 at 1:29 AM via web

dislike 1 like

From ''Ode on a Gracian Urn,'' is this line in Iambic pentameter? : Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say'st.

I know considering the pronunciation ''ours'' can be a two syllable word and ''say'st,'' the same.

2 Answers | Add Yours

user profile pic

wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted August 21, 2011 at 11:46 PM (Answer #1)

dislike 2 like
Yes, this line from "Ode to a Grecian Urn" is in iambic pentameter. The term iambic refers to the type of pattern or foot used. Specifically, an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. Penta means five and meter refers to measurements. Thus, pentameter contains five measurements per line. In the above quote, we can separate out the five feet as follows: than ours/ a friend/ to man/ to whom/ thou say'st. In this case, the words "ours" and "say'st" are meant to be one syllable words. Pronunciation and dialect can affect the way we hear words, but in most cases those words would be one syllable.
user profile pic

miriamhoward | Teacher | eNoter

Posted August 21, 2011 at 4:29 AM (Answer #2)

dislike 1 like

Yes, it is iambic pentameter.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes