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a metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed-stressed syllables

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Which is imitative as usual--an anapaest followed by a trochee, a dactyl, and a syllable" (Letters, p.
After her chanted anapaests (1562-76), Clytemnestra
(15) Cedric Watts commented on the words I have italicized: "the calm sunset is described epically and sonorously, the phrases rolling into anapaests," see Watts (1977), 39.
In the first stanza, after two anapaests at lines 2-3, two amphibrachs (lines 4-5), the lines of the child, are interrupted by a choriamb (line 6), which serves to install the amphimacers of the worn dressing-gown (lines 7 and 9).
These essentials - levels of stress, tetrameters, feet (iambs to anapaests) - are concisely dealt with in Chapter 1.
Some readers may not find them entirely enjoyable; still, it would take a pedant with a heart of flint to resist such touches as the description of anapaests in narrative verse showing 'all the unwelcome energy and boisterousness of hyperactive children' (121).
(6) The so-called Kongruenz-Gesetz in anapaests is based on the ancient metricians; cf e.g.
(32.) Oceanus' entry is accompanied by 14 lines of anapaests (284-97) to which Prometheus responds with an initial exclamation of surprise.
It is therefore strange that the rare occurrences of triple time have been bowdlerized into dactyls and anapaests, following the theories of Michael Collins.
(19) He finds weak only the metrics of the poem, which he called "false and inadmissible" anapaests in 1845 and "false dactyls" in September 1846.
When he set refined English words to Irish music, did Moore "transform his country's political aspirations into lilting anapaests," as Tom Paulin claims?
In point of fact, this is the only extant Euripidean play to conclude in lyric meter rather than in one of three meters reserved in Greek tragedy for dialogue or recitative (iambic trimeter, trochaic tetrameter, and "marching" anapaests).
In the beginning of The Persians, the meter increases in tempo and intricacy within the first choral song from marching anapaests, a kind of deliberate and slow-paced recitative, ("of the Persians who've gone" v v - v v -),(17) through more melodic ionic meters, ("Persian city now is destroyed" v v - -v v - -)), to faster-moving trochaics ("blackened robe of mine" - v -v -).
After the trochaic beginning, line four consists of three anapaests, strongly linked by rhyme to line two.
The answer that it was O metaphysical tobacco' from Michael East's Second Set of Madrigals (1606) is debatable; can it really `be seen that it conforms in every respect to the "rules" of the limerick'?(1) Compared with `There was a young lady of Wilts' it seems seriously short on anapaests. The answer depends not only on more research but also on better theory.