* Site-Outage Notice: Our engineering elves will be tweaking the Shmoop site from Monday, December 22 10:00 PM PST to Tuesday, December 23 5:00 AM PST. The site will be unavailable during this time.
© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.

Literature Glossary

Don’t be an oxymoron. Know your literary terms.

Over 200 literary terms, Shmooped to perfection.



You won't see this guy much (he's shy), but an amphibrach is a metrical foot consisting of an unstressed syllable, followed by a stressed one, followed by an unstressed one: daDUMda. (Not to be confused with ba-dum-ch, though that is an amphibrach of sorts.)

But like we said, the amphibrach is a bit of a recluse, so he's rare in poetry these days.