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Shakspere seems to have used this measure mostly for rapid dialogue and retort, as in the Ghost-scene in Hamlet:—
Ghost. To what I shall unfold.
Hamlet. Speak, I am bound to hear.*
(d). Iambic Tetrameter.
This octosyllabic measure, which is of dangerously easy construction, and very apt to degenerate into sing-song, has been largely used by our poets of later times. In it are composed Butler's Hudi-braSy Scott's Martnton, &c., Burns's Tarn OShanter, Tennyson's In Memortam, and numerous poems by Shelley, Byron, Wordsworth, Coleridge, &c.
By fairy hands their knell is rung, By forms unseen their dirge is sung ;
* Abbott! "Shakiparian Grammar," p. 403.