What is the meter in Shakespeare's "My Mistress Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun"?

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The meter in this poem, like most of Shakespeare's sonnets, is iambic pentameter. This means there are five feet per line, with two beats (syllables) per foot. An "iamb" has an unstressed syllable, then a stressed, like this:

my MIStress EYES are NOthing LIKE the SUN