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Anapestic hexameter

An anapestic foot (known as an anapest) has two short syllables followed by a long syllable (SSL, or UU/).


Hexameter is six feet per line.


Again, this seems far from being a popular combination of foot and metre, but poets sometimes include a line of anapests among other rhythms, as in the example below. The fourth line is perfect anapestic hexameter:



Hexameter is six feet per line.

Fled foam underneath us and 'round us, a wandering and milky smoke

As high as the saddle-girth, covering away from our glances the tide;

And those that fled, and that followed, from the foam-pale distance broke;

The immortal desire of immortals we saw in their faces, and sighed.

                                                             W.B. Yeats – from The Wanderings of Oisin


A closer look at the feet in this line


U = short syllable; / = long syllable; | = division between feet

Anapestic hexameter example

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