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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.


(ˈænəpɛst; -piːst) or


(Poetry) prosody a metrical foot of three syllables, the first two short, the last long (˘˘¯)
[C17: via Latin from Greek anapaistos reversed (that is, a dactyl reversed), from anapaiein, from ana- back + paiein to strike]
ˌanaˈpaestic, ˌanaˈpestic, ˌanaˈpaestical adj
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anapaest - a metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed-stressed syllables
metrical foot, metrical unit, foot - (prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm


anapest [ˈænəpiːst] Nanapesto m


, (US) anapest
n (Poet) → Anapäst m
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It might be suggested that the performance of "The Night Before Christmas" on this test is, to a significant degree, the result of its having been composed in anapests (ti-ti-turn), as were about one-third of Livingston's poems (those listed by Jackson, Who Wrote 33)--that meter significantly determined the selection of high-frequency words and phoneme pairs.
The poem, selected according to the commentator "because of Morriseau-Leroy's exploration of colonial legacies, neocolonial or postcolonial challenges, and general commitment to issues of social justice" grapples with issues of implied address, considerably more flexible pronouns than English, and a Creole-language meter that begins in iamb and devolves into "a heterogeneous (and wild) company of anapests, trochees, iambs, and spondees.
Amidst this storm of redundancies, the clean, trotting iambs characteristic of the ballad are broken by anapests.
The portrait of the filmmaker's friend Nakou that began the third night's order seemed to me to assign a different poetic meter to each shot: At first the image was syncopated in a bold dactyl of white light; then each new image flashed as the short syllable in various cinematic anapests, choriambuses, trochees, and bacchii.
The lines firm up when they are read aloud; only then do the three anapests of the opening phrase and the proliferation of soft consonants in the first sentence really emerge.
11) Unlike Frost, he has given his poem a fluent lilt by including anapests (man / y a ros / lipt; man/y a light/foot), and giving every other line a feminine ending: laden, maiden, leaping, sleeping.
In a series of wild free anapests punctuated by the iambic pleadings of the Chorus, she replies first that her lament is madness, then that it is her heart's desire, that it is honorable, and finally that it is the only proper recourse for a well-bred girl (131).
40) In her lamentation before the crowd of Corinthian women, Medea refers to this incident directly, crying out in excited anapests, "Oh father, oh city, which I abandoned after I murdered my brother" (166-7).
though trochees, anapests, and dactyls stick around.
When we take the bodily poiesis of a spider seriously--and when we realize that the spider is much more than a trope for the soul--we see how Whitman's minding of a spider enabled him to achieve significant breakthroughs in poetic form, especially the interrelated constellations of iambs, dactyls, and anapests that all gyrate out of the iconic fffff of a spider launching a filament.
20) Although the lines still rhyme in the German original (erwarmen/Armen [thaw out/poor soul]), the anapests, "How?