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Word: "anapest"
definition:
three syllables with third stressed: a metrical foot of three syllables with the stress on the third syllable, or of two short syllables followed by a long syllable. The word "unconcerned" and the phrase "up the hill" are anapests.


Poetic "feet" are simply indications of the stress patterns of the syllables of words. Stress, in this sense, refers to which syllables are pronounced more loudly than the others.

When you say "unconcerned," you pronounce three syllables, and the third one is stressed: un-con-CERNED

When you say "up the hill," again you pronounce three syllables, and the third one is stressed: up the HILL

Here are a couple of links for more information:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poetic_meter
Scroll down a bit to read about meter in English.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foot_%28prosody%29
In the illustrations shown, x stands for an unstressed syllable and / stands for a stressed syllable.

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