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Anapestic pentameter

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

 

Pentameter is five feet per line.

 

We were unable to find any examples of anapestic pentameter, so this is obviously not a popular combination. Please let us know if you come across any!

 

However, we made up the following two lines which, we think, is a perfect example of how an anapestic pentameter poem would read:

Pentameter is five feet per line

As we walked down the lane in the sweltering heat of the day

We saw men making hay in a field in the old-fashioned way.

 

A closer look at the feet in these lines

 

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

 

Anapestic pentameter example

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