Anapest

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Literary/ Cultural Context Note

Anap(a)estic: an ictosyllabic form of metre in which each beat (see prosody) is typically preceded by two offbeats (a combination traditionally called an anapaest):

. . *| . . * | . . * | . . *
For a la|ggard in love, |and a das|tard in war,

. . * | . . *| . . * | . . *
Was to wed |the fair E|llen of brave |Lochinvar

(Scott, “Lady Heron's Song”)

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Citation:
Editors. "Anapest". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001; last revised 30 July 2014.
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=45, accessed 30 July 2014.]