Iambic Pentameter

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Same example just used for oxymoron:
Romeo and Juliet, II ii:

Good night, good night! parting is such
sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.

This pair of lines from the famous balcony scene also examples Shakespeare’s employment of iambic pentameter:
iambic: unaccented / accented: a two part “foot”

pentameter: five beats: ten syllables, five accents

Poetry is expressive verse, verse is, like music, indeed, a form of music, a form of counting.

While we’re at it, Juliet’s pair of lines is a couplet: iambic pentameter, times 2, rimed.

Unrimed, it’s called blank verse.

Iambic pentameter was famously developed and explored by Chaucer. By Shakespeare’s day lots of poets used it.
Chaucer was fourteenth-century: late 1300s; Shakespeare wrote R&J, and probably his Sonnets, late Sixteenth Century: 1590s: dating details well known, pk’s take elsewhere.

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