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Shakespeare wrote the majority of “Romeo and Juliet” in iambic pentameter. In poetry, iambic pentameter refers to the type of foot in a line of poetry and the meter, which is the number of feet in a line. An iamb foot consists of a syllable that’s not accented, followed a syllable that does have an accent. A line with iambic pentameter has 10 syllables with five iamb feet. Shakespeare wrote the opening prologue of “Romeo and Juliet” using this foot and meter: “Two households, both alike in dignity.” When he used this poetic style, the lines didn’t always rhyme.