Adonic


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Adonic

(əˈdəʊnɪk)
adj
1. (Poetry) (in classical prosody) of or relating to a verse line consisting of a dactyl (¯˘˘) followed by a spondee (¯¯) or by a trochee (¯˘), thought to have been first used in laments for Adonis
2. of or relating to Adonis
n
(Poetry) an Adonic line or verse
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Noun1.Adonic - a verse line with a dactyl followed by a spondee or trochee; supposedly used in laments by Adonis
verse line, verse - a line of metrical text
Adj.1.Adonic - or relating to or like Adonis
2.Adonic - having a rhythm consisting of a dactyl followed by a spondee or a trochee; "the verse of the laments is Adonic"
rhythmic, rhythmical - recurring with measured regularity; "the rhythmic chiming of church bells"- John Galsworthy; "rhythmical prose"
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The instability is compacted in the stark ambiguity of the final line (the adonic of the final stanza) of Odi Barbare, "Wisdom is fable" and its cost is measured in the penultimate poem of Oraclau/Oracles: "Fable or not it is unbearable.
Above all, he focuses on the group of five syllables that makes up the Adonic colon ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]), the last syllable of which could be long or short in classical verse but in its German adaptation by Klopstock, Holderlin, and Goethe was always short (i.
46) O'Donnell 1984, ad loc: "hemiepes + adonic with diaeresis.