Spondees may take the place of the dactyls in the first part, but not in the second.
Tennyson's Vastness may also be studied for its combinations of trochees, dactyls, and spondees.
The vehemence of the captain's applause is admirably displayed by the quantity of dactyls in the second line of this stanza.
The following lines defy all efforts at reading in dactyls or spondees, and require an almost complete transposition of accent.
Thus in the Greek Hexameter the dactylic lines—those most abounding in dactyls—serve best to convey the idea of rapid motion.
Who could be bothered with dactyls and spondees when goal-posts and touch-lines were far more to the point?
Dac′tylar, Dactyl′ic, relating to or consisting chiefly of dactyls.
The Dactylic Pentameter consists of two parts, each of which contains two dactyls, followed by a long syllable.
In the following selection from “Evangeline,” trochees are substituted for dactyls, yet there is no break in the rhythm.
Then that scene where she and the king dance the dactyls, and the anapaests go to the chorus.