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01596--anapaest

Anapaest (US anapest) is a metrical foot made up of two unstressed syllables followed by a stressed syllable, as in the word 'interrupt' (or, in quantitative verse, two short syllables followed by a long one). Originally a Greek marching beat, adopted by some Greek and Roman dramatists, the rising rhythm of anapaestic (or anapestic) verse has sometimes been used by poets in English to echo energetic movement, notably in Robert Browning's 'How they Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix' (1845):

Not a word to each other; we kept the great pace Neck by neck, stride by stride, never changing our place.

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