An anapest is similar to an iamb
, but instead of one unstressed and one stressed syllable, an anapest is two unaccented syllables followed one accented syllable. Writing which is anapestic consists of a sequence of anapests. Here are some examples of anapestic sentences; the accented syllables are written in capital letters. Notice that there are two unaccented syllables preceding each accented syllable.
it's a WONderful LIFE!
it's eLEVen o'CLOCK, and all's WELL with the WORLD.
there's a BULL in the CHIna shop CRASHing aROUND.
i don't LIKE to be WRONG but it HAPpens someTIMES.
For anapestic writing, the feeling is almost like a waltz...three beats, and every third beat is accented. So cue up some Strauss and start composing!See AlsoAnapestic TetrameterIambsCopyright 2010 Douglas. All rights reserved. FifteenMinutesOfFiction.com has been granted non-exclusive rights to display this work. For permission to reprint this item, please contact the author.
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