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a metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed-stressed syllables

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Lyric anapests signify a heightened emotional state and here provide a further suggestion of Medea's revulsion at her betrayal and brutalization of her brother.
Thus French, by means of purely syllable-counting (syllabic) meters, cannot reproduce the differences in accent- and syllable-counting (syllabotonic) meters of German, English, or Russian: their iambs, trochees, dactyls, anapests, and so on.
The varieties of meter include iambs, anapests, dolniks, (2) and also the four-foot amphibrach Pasternak used in Doctor Zhivago for his own nativity poems (Vail 2001,104).
Redden even has the heartbeat of the poem's healthy iambic pentameter palpitate into anapests at the news in the third line.
Rhythmic motifs in both voice and piano vacillate between the anapests and the amphibrachs of the poem, but in no regular manner.
In these early post-historical days, words are frequently used to create cartographies of a thing called individual identity; poetry, meanwhile, is often discussed with reference to trochees, iambs, sapphics and anapests, and a historical artifact called the English Tradition.
Alter's desire to minimize the number of words and stresses in each line of verse often results in a run of anapests, as in Job 8:21-22:
117: "How Swinburne achieved a reputation for verbosity when his lines are composed almost entirely of monosyllables would remain mysterious if we were not sufficiently alert to note that the monosyllables 'the,' 'of,' 'and,' are what create his characteristic anapests.
What criticisms have we not heard of late in favour of blank verse, and Pindaric odes, choruses, anapests and iambics, alliterative care, and happy negligence.
And then in graduate school I happened upon the poems of the much underappreciated Stevie Smith, whose lines seemed to veer wildly through runs of romping anapests, then to pull up short on a caesura, to pause, to look around and rethink themselves.
Thus, he proves as comfortable discussing iambs, dactyls, spondees, trochees and anapests as he is exploring actor's intentions.
No less so, trochees overturn iambs in a poetic line, or dactyls and anapests add abruptive tensions to blank verse regularity.
The poem might be scanned into metrical feet but only by doing it violence; the ear experiences a tacit tug which comes from the dim echo of those anticipated but thwarted iambs, trochees, and anapests.
It seems, rather, that the line is composed of four anapests, the final one implied by a catalexis.
Then there's the verse, the galumphing iambs and anapests that pull you forward with the force of the Cat in the Hat leading you off a cliff.