In like manner we have anapestic lines of all lengths from monometer to hexameter.
Technically the poem is anapestic tetrameter much varied by the introduction of iambic feet.
anapestic feet are used freely to improve the music; in fact, they are nearly as numerous as the iambic feet.
Here we have a hexameter which is neither iambic nor anapestic, but a combination of the two rhythms.
There is evident a tendency toward the rising verse and the anapestic foot.
Virgilius Mars wrote in hexameters; Horatius Flaccus in alcaic, sapphic, and anapestic verse.
Again we find, especially in dactyllic and anapestic lines, a trochee or spondee thrown in to vary the movement.
anapestic verse consists of a regular recurrence of two unstressed syllables preceding a stressed syllable, — — /.
A poetic foot of three syllables which bears the accent on the third syllable is called an anapestic foot.
Often it seems to an English reader to have an anapestic effect, and to be best described as anapestic tetrameter.
also anapaest, "two short syllables followed by a long one," 1670s, from Latin anapestus, from Greek anapaistos "struck back, rebounding," verbal adjective from anapaiein "to strike back," from ana- "back" (see ana-) + paiein "to strike," from PIE *pau- "to cut, strike, stamp" (see pave). So called because it reverses the dactyl.