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Of Trisyllabic feet there are also only two kinds of which whole poems are composed:
tremulous. Another kind occasionally met with is called .
We might have omitted all mention of the A mphi-brach but for the mistake of certain prosodians who, finding such a foot at the end of a verse, have asserted that the same kind of foot properly constituted the whole verse, and was the legitimate measure by which it was to be scanned.
The following line from Swift is an example of the measure in question :—
Here, it is true, the three last syllables make the foot termed and the whole line may
be divided into such feet as shown below—
It is nevertheless certain that the line belongs to verses of another class, and is measurable by anapests, only taking such a licence as is always allowed to anapestic verses, viz. that the first foot may be truncated or curtailed of its first syllable. The next line in the poem, to describe it accurately, is an anapestic verse of four feet, with a redundant syllable:—