Alcaic verse

Alcaic verse
verse in the meter used in Greek and Latin poetry consisting of strophes of 4 tetrametric lines; reputedly invented by Alcaeus
Syn: ↑Alcaic
Hypernyms: ↑poem, ↑verse form

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  • Alcaic verse — (sometimes called Anacreontic verse) is a Greek lyrical meter, traditionally believed to have been invented by Alcaeus, a lyric poet from Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, about 600 BC. The Alcaic verse and the Sapphic stanza named for Alcaeus… …   Wikipedia

  • Alcaic verse — noun A Greek meter, supposedly invented by ; consisting of combinations of spondee, iambs and dactyls …   Wiktionary

  • alcaic Prosody — [al keɪɪk] adjective written in or denoting a verse metre occurring in four line stanzas. noun (alcaics) alcaic verse. Origin C17: via late L. from Gk alkaikos, from Alkaios Alcaeus (c.620–c.580 BC), Greek lyric poet …   English new terms dictionary

  • verse form — noun a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines • Syn: ↑poem • Hypernyms: ↑literary composition, ↑literary work • Hyponyms: ↑abecedarius, ↑Alcaic, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Alcaic — [al kā′ik] adj. of Alcaeus or in the form of his verse n. [usually pl.] verse by Alcaeus or in his metrical patterns, consisting of four stanza odes, with four lines to a stanza …   English World dictionary

  • Alcaic strophe — noun 1. A verse form much used by Horace, consisting of two eleven syllable Alcaics: ˘̲–˘––/–˘˘–˘˘̲, followed by a nine syllable: ˘̲–˘–––˘–˘, and a ten syllable: –˘˘–˘˘–˘–˘ 2. Imitated by Tennyson in ‘O mighty mouth d inventor of harmonies’ • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • Alcaic — Al*ca ic, a. [L. Alca[ i]cus, Gr. ?.] Pertaining to Alc[ae]us, a lyric poet of Mitylene, about 6000 b. c. n. A kind of verse, so called from Alc[ae]us. One variety consists of five feet, a spondee or iambic, an iambic, a long syllable, and two… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Alcaic — /al kay ik/, adj. 1. pertaining to Alcaeus or to certain meters or a form of strophe or stanza used by, or named after, him. n. 2. Alcaics, Alcaic verses or strophes. [1620 30; < LL Alcaicus < Gk Alkaïkós, equiv. to Alka(îos) ALCAEUS + ikos IC] * …   Universalium

  • alcaic — adjective Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Late Latin Alcaicus of Alcaeus, from Greek Alkaïkos, from Alkaios Alcaeus, fl ab 600 B.C. Greek poet Date: circa 1637 relating to or written in a verse or strophe marked by complicated variation of a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • alcaic — 1. adjective /ælˈkeɪɪk/ pertaining to , a Greek lyric poet of around 600BC; especially, of a verse meter in a four line stanza which he supposedly invented 2. noun /ælˈkeɪɪk/ alcaic verses …   Wiktionary

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