Playing with Meter 1: The Anapest

ed rosenthal
March 15, 2015

In my first book for children, "A is for Arnyx: An Alphabet in Verse," I set out to write a book of children's poetry, that would not only be fun to read aloud, but which would allow me to experiment with meter and verse forms, a long-time interest if mine.

From time to time on this blog, I will post verse that continue that tradition.   This is the first of a series:

Meter is the basic rhythmic structure of aa line of verse.  In English, it is usually described in terms of stressed and unstressed syllables, and categorized with off-putting archaic names     In this post, I am playing with the anapest, a portion of a line a verse  ( called a foot) that consists of two unstressed syllables, followed by a stressed syllable.


Anna ever was known as a pest;
She would give all her friends little rest.
She'd invite them to dine,
With no chance to decline,
Or to plead other plans.


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