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iamb
(I-am) noun

an element of sound that consists of two beats – the first unstressed syllable (da) and the second stressed (DA) – think of the sound of a heartbeat
iambic pentameter
(I-am-bik pen-TAM-i-ter) noun

Pentameter refers to meter or number of stressed syllables in a line. Penta – meter has five stressed syllables. Iambic pentameter is five iambs in one line.

“But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?”
blank verse
noun

a form of poetry that consists of lines written in unrhymed iambic pentameter

Shakespeare wrote most of his plays in poetry, specificallyblank verse.
sonnet
(SAH-net) noun

14 lines of rhymed iambic pentameter
renaissance
(REN-ah-zahns) noun

rebirth

Shakespeare lived during a time in England history that many people call the English Renaissance. This term was applied as a way of celebrating the rapid development of art, literature, science and politics.