- An anapaest is a metrical foot used in formal poetry.
- This word comes from the Greek word “anápaistos” literally means “struck back”.
- It consists of two short syllables followed by a long one.
- It consists of two unstressed syllables followed by one stressed syllable.
- It may be seen as a reversed dactyl, because a dactyl is a long syllable followed by two short syllables.
- “The Destruction of Sennacherib” by Lord Byron:
“The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold”
- “The Cloud” by Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare etc used this.