Poetry Kaleidoscope: Guide to Poetry
anacrusis is the lead-in
syllables that precede the first full measure, while, similarly, in
note or notes (even a
phrase) which precede the first
downbeat in a
group. The latter sense is
synonymous with upbeat and is often called the pickup
or the pickup note.
Star Spangled Banner, the word Oh in the first line is in
anacrusis in both the music and the
meter of the poem:
x / x x / x x / x x /
Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light. . .
Beginning of BWV736,
with anacrusis in Red.
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