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also an·a·paest  (ăn′ə-pĕst′)
1. A metrical foot composed of two unaccented syllables followed by one accented one, as in the word seventeen.
2. A metrical foot in quantitative verse composed of two short syllables followed by one long one.

[Latin anapaestus, from Greek anapaistos : ana-, ana- + paiein, pais-, to strike (so called because an anapest is a reversed dactyl); see pau- in Indo-European roots.]

an′a·pes′tic adj.
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Adj.1.anapestic - (of a metric foot) characterized by two short syllables followed by a long one
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His command of different meters is marvelous; he uses twice as many as Browning, who is perhaps second to him in this respect, and his most characteristic ones are those of gloriously rapid anapestic lines with complicated rime-schemes.
For many centuries, the alliterative meter and accentual-syllabic meters such as the anapestic coexisted in the prosodic milieu of English literature, both being productive in the English grammatical system.
Energy, in Madrid's poems, comes from disjunction, the leap in logic; but it also comes from rhythm, which, in these poems, is predominantly anapestic (da-da-DAH)--that galloping sound.
Ten Non-Livingston poems in our Tables 1 and 2 (Appendix 3) are anapestic or mainly so.
Lake's practice of writing metrical verse is strongly upheld in "Pro Forma," with its rollicking anapestic feet.
Hulme's replacement of the rose with the machine as the standard of beauty finds expression, in the academic formalists, almost exclusively with the frequent use of enjambment and anapestic substitutions in otherwise conventional versification and with a concentration of irony --often aloof or distancing, sometimes morbid or brooding--in poetic voice (McPhillips 9-10).
Convinced that "fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living" and that nonsense "wakes up the brain cells," Geisel spun fantastical worlds inhabited by imaginative characters that speak in rhymes and anapestic tetrameter (a meter employed by many poets in the English canon).
Much like the whirling, swinging, emitting, energy of the locust-song, the dactylic energy of the filament, filament, filament gives shape to harmonious iambic/dactylic/ anapestic rhythms of three stresses in "the vacant vast surrounding" (iambic); "measureless oceans of space" (dactylic); "Till the bridge you will need be form'd" (anapestic); "till the ductile anchor hold" (anapestic); "Till the gossamer thread you fling" (anapestic).
(53-56) Throughout the poem the snowfall has been described as silent, but by the end here it is deemed "musical." And indeed, that final line is the first perfect line of anapestic trimeter that the poem has been able to conjure in its 3-3-4-3 metrical stanzas.
The piano introduction, with its weak-strong-weak triplet patterns, mirrors the trisyllables of the predominantly anapestic meter of the poem.