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a metrical unit with stressed-unstressed-unstressed syllables

a finger or toe in human beings or corresponding body part in other vertebrates

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According to the conception presented here, the dactylic foot is the least natural of the most frequent feet: the iambic, the trochee, the anapest and the dactyl.
Chelipeds are moderately unequal, the section of the cheliped known as the hand is inflated, and walking legs have pointed dactyls.
The book bounces along with vigorous and joyous language, much like the rhythmic poetic downhill step he beautifully describes: "Walking has a prosody: when I walk downhill, the legs do dactyls (for the unschooled: one long stride, two doorstop jambs, a stressed syllable and two unstressed: 'dithering,' 'wearying'--'Corsica').
To my eye and ear this kind of writing seems as dated as the dactyls and anapests of "Hiawatha," especially since Berrigan has no external controlling subject, as Olson did with the history of Cape Ann, and no internal driving force palpable as the mythic and musical sensibility of Robert Duncan.
4 body height the crab was observed to be crouching with its legs either tucked beneath the carapace or stretched out so that the carapace was very close to the bottom (0) or standing upright on its dactyls (1);
CONSIDER FIRST THE SIMPLE, ELEGANT title, Voices and Values in Joyce's "Ulysses": three graceful dactyls (one more than "Malachi Mulligan") and a concluding spondee.
Milton's dactyls into English, Masson, nevertheless, sacrifices no
He plays an instrument called the ukulele banjo, knows more limericks (all delivered with that signature British accent) than anyone should ever commit to memory, has been known to exchange something called double dactyls with friends.
The main parameters of variation are rhythm (anapests are unmarked, dactyls, iambs, and spondees are marked) and length (dimeter is unmarked, trimeter, tetrameter, and so on are marked).
Speaking of meditation, take the 1952 short lyric, "The World as Meditation" written, like much later Stevens, in unrhymed triplets that ultimately go back through Eliot and Shelley to Dante and in what is still, I feel, blank verse, although one elastically stretched almost beyond recognition by epic dactyls.
The ontological doubling of both pairs even extends to the scansion of their names--both "Rosencrantz" and "Guildenstern" consist of dactyls, while "Al" and "Max" are, of course, monosyllables.
Even when I was a boy at school a lot of time was spent studying dactyls, spondees iambs, meter, scansion, caesura and enjambement in more language than English.
Dominated by troches and loose dactyls, the poem reads almost like a chant, as if in an attempt to reenact the unnamed song that motivates the treaders' dance.
After I finished absorbing this idea, I wanted to write in dactyls because I realized that they were clearly being used by the poets in this tradition as a meter of liberation--a rolling, sensual, radical alternative to the established, powerful, conventional beat of iambic pentameter.
These two stanzas are from "Satia Te Sanguine," whose first stanza we took as one of our examples of regular iambic quatrain, (32) but we see that almost immediately Swinburne takes up/is taken up by his typical trisyllabic anapestic meter, with a fair sprinkling of spondees and dactyls to give variety.