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
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: