This foot, which is the opposite of the dactyl, is known as the anapest.
Pain is always by the side of joy, the spondee by the dactyl.
The letters “v v v” indicate that the dactyl at the beginning of the line has been dropped.
There is a similar contrast in the cases of the dactyl and anapæst.
But in all the feet except the fifth, a spondee ( ) may take the place of the dactyl.
You always feel as if Horace only used it also when he wanted a dactyl.
“Dactyl” is a fine word; in Greek it means “finger”; like a finger, a poetic dactyl has three parts, one long and two short.
The Dactyl, which has the first syllable accented and the two latter unaccented: as, "Jnthin, Jffr-sn."
The proceleusmatic foot, or four short syllables, instead of the dactyl; scen.
This done and you have discovered the Vernal Equinox, or Spring, and without spilling a dactyl.