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It is the opposite of the iambus. - "Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism", F. V. N. Painter.
In an Iambus the first syllable is unaccented. - "The Grammar of English Grammars", Goold Brown.
The following example has six anapestics of two feet, and two of one; but the latter, being verses of double rhyme, have each a surplus short syllable; and four of the former commence with the iambus:- Example I.- A Song in a Drama. - "The Grammar of English Grammars", Goold Brown.