amphibrach

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am·phi·brach

 (ăm′fə-brăk′)
n.
A trisyllabic metrical foot having one accented or long syllable between two unaccented or short syllables, as in the word remember.

[Latin amphibrachys, from Greek amphibrakhus : amphi-, amphi- + brakhus, short; see mregh-u- in Indo-European roots.]
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amphibrach

(ˈæmfɪˌbræk)
n
(Poetry) prosody a metrical foot consisting of a long syllable between two short syllables (˘¯˘). Compare cretic
[C16: from Latin, from Greek amphibrakhus, literally: both ends being short, from amphi- + brakhus short]
ˌamphiˈbrachic adj
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am•phi•brach

(ˈæm fəˌbræk)

n.
a trisyllabic metrical foot whose syllables are short, long, short in quantitative meter, and unstressed, stressed, unstressed in accentual meter.
[1580–90; < Latin amphibrachus < Greek amphíbrachys short at both ends =amphi- amphi- + brachýs short]
am`phi•brach′ic, adj.
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Noun1.amphibrach - a metrical unit with unstressed-stressed-unstressed syllables (e.g., `remember')
metrical foot, metrical unit, foot - (prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm
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The trisyllabic lines 7 and 8 take up the 3+3 of the French line 3, and reverberate with the 3/3 configuration of the opening hexasyllable (the amphibrachic 'unruffled' draws out, in retrospect, the equally amphibrachic 'the children').
(104-05) The first of the translated lines quoted above would make a perfect truncated amphibrachic trimeter ("Or, giving free rein to her dreams"), but Clarke aims for iambic tetrameter throughout the poem and thus the line resonates oddly because of the accents falling on "free" and "to" ("Or, giving free rein to her dreams").
Lines are written in the anapestic meter (two unstressed syllables followed by one stressed syllable) or in the amphibrachic meter (one stressed syllable between unstressed syllables).