Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or of the nature of an anapest; consisting of anapests.
- n. The anapestic measure; an anapestic verse. The following is an example of anapestics:
- adj. of, or relating to, or composed of an anapest.
- adj. of, or relating to, one of the distinct beats in a (human?) heartbeat pattern.
- adj. of, or relating to, a rhythmic pattern used in certain forms of poetry (see also limeric or limerick).
- adj. of, or relating to, certain beats in specific types of drum rhythms, e.g. specific beats within the part played by the "surdo" drum. Surdo literally means "deaf" in Brasilian Portuguese, and the surdo drums play the bass parts in a samba rhythm as performed by a batucada (drumming ensemble) during the Carnaval celebration.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Pertaining to an anapest; consisting of an anapests.
- adj. (of a metric foot) characterized by two short syllables followed by a long one
“Wordsworth, rather, hurries us onward in anapestic strides, imaging successive auditors (the apprentice, the newsman, the lamplighter, et al.), and ending with "pursue!”
“(e) _The fifth measure_ -- called anapestic measure -- is made up of two short or unemphatic followed by a long or emphatic syllable. '' ”
“He was working in something we would call anapestic tetrameter, which is also the rhythm of “Twas the night before Christmas.””
“And the initial anapestic foot of the second line seems to slide down after the discovery in the first line that not trochees but iambs are afoot.”
“Porter moved gracefully among poetic meters – iambic, trochaic, anapestic – and at his best is as funny as such titans of light verse as Ogden Nash and Dorothy Parker.”
“Mortality" contains 14 four-line stanzas of anapestic tetrameter, meaning that it advances in four beats of three syllables, two unstressed and one stressed.”
“And after holding a sonorous B-major chord, the orchestra sets off on the most famous use of galloping anapestic meter in classical music.”
“The anapestic cadences of the limerick are the same ones children used to learn from reciting Browning, Scott and Tennyson: Oh well for the fisherman's boy/That he shouts with his sister at play.”
“The only anapestic poems that everyone still knows are "The Night Before Christmas" and "Horton Hatches the Egg.”
“Both "Poor Susan" and "The Power of Music" are written in the ballad stanza of iambic-anapestic tetrameter, a showy meter associated with comic ballads that Wordsworth generally reserved for his lighter compositions and, in the case of these two poems, his treatment of urban themes.”
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