Sapphic ode

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Sapphic ode

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(Poetry) another term for Horatian ode
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Noun1.Sapphic ode - an ode with several stanzas
ode - a lyric poem with complex stanza forms
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The meter Dobson uses, though an eight-line rather than four-line stanza, plainly recalls the Sapphic stanza of the Odes by echoing the length and rhythm of its short last line in the short third and sixth line: "Commodious villas" is a good English stressed equivalent of that adonean line, terruit urbem (Odes 1.2.4).
The Sapphic stanza is, of course, named for Sappho, the great seventh- to sixth-century BC lyric poet who lived on the Greek island of Lesbos and is conventionally credited with inventing the form.
Although she mistakenly cites a source in the Aeneid for the sapphic stanza on the reverse of Federico's portrait (229n26), the author convincingly demonstrates the political valences of these paintings.