Entertainment / Literature / Anacrusis: The addition of an extra unstressed syllable or two at the start of a line of verse--but these additions are not considered part of the regular metrical count. Deutsch points out an example of anacrusis in the last line of this stanza by Blake, where the article the is an unstressed addition: Innocence doth like a rose, Bloom on every maiden's cheek, Honour twines around her brows, The jewel health adorns her neck. (qtd. In Deutsche 14)


Entertainment / Literature / Acatalectic: A 'normal' line of poetry with the expected number of syllables in each line, as opposed to a catalectic line (which is missing an expected syllable) or a hypercatalectic line (which has one or more e MORE

Pickup Syllable

Entertainment / Literature / Pickup Syllable: Another term the unstressed syllable in anacrusis. MORE


Entertainment / Literature / Hypercatalectic: A hypercatalectic line is a line of poetry with extra syllables in it beyond the expected number due to anacrusis, as opposed to a acatalectic line (which is missing one or more expected syllables) or MORE