Entertainment / Literature / Anapest: A foot or unit of poetry consisting of two light syllables followed by a single stressed syllable. Some words and phrases in English that constitute anapests include the following examples: understand, interrupt, comprehend, anapest, New Rochelle, contradict, 'get a life,' condescend, Coeur d'Alene, 'in the blink of an eye,' and so on. Anapestic meter consists of lines of poetry that follow this pattern of 'light stress, light stress, heavy stress' pattern. For example: The Assyrian came d????wn like a w????lf on the f????ld. (Lord Byron, 'The Destruction of Sennacherib.') or 'Oh he flies through the air with the greatest of ease.' See extended discussion under meter.

Rising Metre

Life Style / Poetry / Rising Metre: iambs and anapests, i.e., one or two unstressed syllables followed by a stressed one. MORE


Entertainment / Literature / Scansion: The act of 'scanning' a poem to determine its meter. To perform scansion, the student breaks down each line into individual metrical feet and determines which syllables have heavy stress and which hav MORE


Entertainment / Literature / Foot: A basic unit of meter consisting of a set number of strong stresses and light stresses. See meter. MORE