• 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. 
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