In poetry, a metrical pattern that has two unstressed syllables followed by a stressed syllable is called an anapest.
An anapest is punctuated as follows: UU/
In the blink of an eyeU U / U U / U U / U U /
Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house.U U / U U / U U / U U /
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.U U / U U / U U / U U /
O Rose thou art sick / the invisible worm / that flies in the nightU U / U U / U U /
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky.U U / U U / U U /
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking.
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