The Vedas, an Overview
Anistubh, (Sun God, originating from the veins of Prajāpati) is a stanzaic form in ordinary epic meter. The verse is often a chanted mantra.
The Anistubh is:
- stanzaic. The stanza or chanda is written in 4 lines or padas
- syllabic, a total of 32 syllables, the line are 8 syllables each.
- irregular. The anistubh has an irregular cadence, caesura and alternating trochaic and iambic meter contribute.
Note: Because of language differences and the lack of consensus in describing a consistent, specific metric pattern, in English it is probably best to create one's own "irregular" pattern, taking care to mix it up and not fall into a predictable iambic or trochaic pattern don't forget the value of caesura to help break up the rhythm.
from the Rig Veda to Sürya (sun god) 1500 B.C. Norton Anthology World Literature Volume A, translated by Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty
We have come up out of darkness,
seeing the higher light around us,
going to the sun, the god
among gods, the highest light.
The Sun by Judi Van Gorderanustubh by Jan Haag
My heart is grateful, filled with song
raised to heaven upon the tracks
of the sun's rays. I choose to live
in the warming light of the Son.
Other Veda verse forms