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foot of poetry is made up of three syllables: two unstressed syllables followed by a stressed syllable: dadaDUM.
Want a famous example? Clement C. Moore's poem "
Twas The Night Before Christmas" is made up almost entirely of anapests. When you read it aloud, it sounds like a bunch of dadaDUMs strung together.
For anapestic poems on Shmoop, check out our analysis of
William Blake's " The Sick Rose" and W.H. Auden's " The Unknown Citizen".