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Anapestic octameter


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


Octameter is eight feet per line.


We couldn’t find any examples of poems written entirely in anapestic octameter – please let us know if you find one! If poems in this form do exist, they’re likely to go something like this:

Octameter is eight feet per line.

We were ducking and diving and wheeling and whooping when old Mister

Misery told us to stop.


When we told him he wasn’t the person in charge he turned pink and then red and attacked with a mop.


A closer look at the feet in these lines


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

Anapestic octameter example


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