Cruelty to dumb animals is one of the distinguishing vices of low and base minds. Wherever it is found, it is a certain mark of ignorance and meanness; a mark which all the external advantages of wealth, splendour, and nobility, cannot obliterate. It is consistent neither with learning nor true civility.
The most common type of meter in English poetry, in which there are five iambs (unstressed then stressed syllable pair) to a line: "But soft!/ What light/ through yon/der win/dow breaks?" (Romeo and Juliet).