Iambic trimeter is a form of poetic verse that has three iambic units, or “feet,” which is a unit of poetry composed of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. According to Aristotle, iambic trimeter was first developed by Homer and took the place of trochaic form, which has four iambic units instead of three. Aristotle claims that iambic trimeter is a natural form of poetic verse because it mimics movement and is closest to natural speech.
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Chapter 2. Poetry as a Species of Imitation
Chapter 3. The Anthropology and History of Poetry
...scene-painting. Plot became more complex, satire was abandoned, and tragedy became associated with dignified people. Iambic form took the place of trochaic tetrameter—tetrameter is more like a dance, whereas iambic verse... (full context)
Chapter 10. Epic