Alcaic


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Al·ca·ic

 (ăl-kā′ĭk)
adj.
Of, relating to, or being a verse form used in Greek and Latin poetry, consisting of strophes of four lines following one of several metrical patterns.
n.
Verse composed in such a form.

[Late Latin Alcaicus, of Alcaeus, from Greek Alkaïkos, from Alkaios, Alcaeus.]

Alcaic

(ælˈkeɪɪk)
adj
(Poetry) of or relating to a metre used by the 7th-century bc Greek lyric poet Alcaeus, consisting of a strophe of four lines each with four feet
n
(Poetry) (usually plural) verse written in the Alcaic form
[C17: from Late Latin Alcaicus of Alcaeus]

Al•ca•ic

(ælˈkeɪ ɪk)

adj.
1. pertaining to Alcaeus or Alcaics.
n.
2. Alcaics, (used with a pl. v.) verses of four, four-lined, dactylic strophes or stanzas, with four feet per line, used by or named after Alcaeus.
[1620–30; < Late Latin < Greek]
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Noun1.Alcaic - verse in the meter used in Greek and Latin poetry consisting of strophes of 4 tetrametric lines; reputedly invented by Alcaeus
poem, verse form - a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines
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The most common meters are elegiac couplets, Sapphic and Alcaic stanzas, and dactylic hexameters.
After making this point about poetic self-sufficiency--that poetry must stand on its own linguistic feet (however many there are)--Tennyson goes on nonetheless to deliver value judgments upon the millennia-spanning metrical canon: Horatian Alcaics and Virgilian hexameters are "the stateliest metre[s] in the world," "but," he continues, into the less familiar clause of this quote, "the Greek Alcaic .
Beginning with "Milton," Tennyson's experimental poem in the Greek Alcaic meter, Gray explores Tennyson's responses to Milton's quieter notes and argues that "both Tennyson and Milton" are "poets of understatement" (100).
That afternoon I read aloud for Erica some of Sappho's fragments in the original Greek, in the Sapphic and Alcaic meters, and Catullus 51, Catullus's Latin adaptation of Sappho, frag.
2) Third and more specifically, after six consecutive poems in the alcaic metre, the following six poems form a natural cluster also based on the exploitation of metre.
entitled: "IN REDITUM VOLUNTARIORUM MILITUM CARMEN ALCAICUM" in Latin and "An Alcaic Ode on the Return of the Volunteers" in English.
But his admiration of the man from Lesbos ("Lesbio civi," 5) implies an aspiration to emulate Alcaeus's poetry; for the spirit of Alcaic lyrics, connoted by the word "barbitos" (4), infuses Horatian verse accompanied on the Roman lyre or "testudo" (14).
Hundreds of people, or so it seemed, wrote to attack the poem, violent and contemptuous letters, but not one mentioned the diction, the figures, the contours of tone, my version of the Alcaic meter, or in fact anything related to the actual texture of the work--they were all angry about the "opinions" expressed, especially the praise for our soldiers in World War II and for the sorts of young men who became those soldiers.
Menninghaus suggests that the free verse of 'Halfte des Lebens', like 'Thranen' first published as one of the Nachtgesange, can be read as a medley of Sapphic and Alcaic fragments.
Reading it now, I am often aware of an image of his handwriting hovering in the back of my mind, as clear, nimble, and steady as his diction, which I remember from photocopied notes he would distribute in class--of an idea he might have had that morning on Mallarme, for instance, or an exposition of the varying meter of Alcaic or Sapphic stanzas--and which I am always happy to encounter again in his letters.
9) and for others in the same metre, resembling the stanza that Tennyson invented, "representing in some measure the grandest of metres, the Horatian alcaic," and used in "The Daisy" and "To the Rev.
In Horatian alcaic strophes, Buchanan poured out an extraordinary wrath: