- Prosody. an unstressed syllable or syllable group that begins a line of verse but is not counted as part of the first foot.
- Music. the note or notes preceding a downbeat; upbeat.
Origin of anacrusis
Examples from the Web for anacrusis
Lines with anacrusis in the first section and without it in the second.
Of course in such an investigation the use of anacrusis in the types A and A1 should not be neglected.
The rhythmical effect of this licence has some resemblance to that of the suppression of anacrusis.
Such verses, however, may also be looked upon as instances of the omission of anacrusis combined with epic caesura.
Rhythmical licences, such as suppression of the anacrusis, seldom occur in such short lines.
- prosody one or more unstressed syllables at the beginning of a line of verse
- an unstressed note or group of notes immediately preceding the strong first beat of the first bar
- another word for upbeat
Word Origin and History for anacrusis
"unstressed syllable at the beginning of a verse," 1833, Latinized from Greek anakrousis "a pushing back," of a ship, "backing water," from anakrouein "to push back, stop short, check," from ana- "back" (see ana-) + krouein "to strike," from PIE *kreue- (2) "to push, strike" (cf. Russian krusit, Lithuanian krusu "to smash, shatter," Old Church Slavonic kruchu "piece, bit of food," Old English hreowian "feel pain or sorrow," Old Norse hryggja "make sad").