A is for Aargh! I’m Behind!

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Well guess who snoozed right past the cutoff for adding one’s blog to this year’s A to Z challenge? Oh well. I may not be eligible for the incentives, but that doesn’t mean I can’t still participate and spur on my more punctual peers!

For last year’s A to Z, in conjunction with Angie Karcher’s RhyPiBoMo, I reviewed rhyming picture books. This year, I’ll keep my focus on National Poetry Month by reviewing poetic terminology in alpha-order. Slightly less ambitious than past years, I think we can still have fun with this.

For my first catch up post, I’ve selected….

Anapest

“A metrical foot consisting of two unaccented syllables followed by an accented syllable. The words “underfoot” and “overcome” are anapestic.”

Source:  http://www.poetryfoundation.org/learning/glossary-terms

A famous kid lit example of anapestic rhyme is “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (alternatively known as “Twas the Night Before Christmas”) by Clement Clark Moore.

You’ll also find anapests in limericks like this one:

A-wonderful-bird-is-the-pelican

Listen for that unstressed, unstressed, stressed rhythm, and you’ll have it in no time.

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