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Literature Glossary

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This delightful little metrical foot consists of a stressed syllable, followed by—wait for it—another stressed syllable, as in DUMDUM (and no, we're not talking about the lollipops). In other words, spondees are super stressed and need to take a chill pill. Or take a page out of the pyrrhic's book and pipe down so the rest of us can get some rest. Sheesh.