The metrical unit of verse comprising a number of stressed and unstressed syllables. These are usually marked up with the sign ‘u’ over the unstressed syllable and a forward slash over the stressed syllable. Thus the kinds of feet appear as:
Anapest: u u /As an aid to memory, each Greek word actually has the stress pattern it names. Thus Spondee has two stresses, spond-dee.
Dactyl: / u u
Iamb: u /
Trochee: / u
Spondee: / /