choliamb

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choliamb

(ˈkəʊlɪˌæmb)
n
an imperfect iambic metre, with a spondee as the last foot
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The choliambs or lame iambics--iambic verse with a long syllable in place of the last expected short one--reflect the period's interest in reviving obsolete metres, he says, and the use of dialect as a source of novel effects was also typical of poetry by his contemporaries.
You might wake the sleeping wasp whose bile would not rest even in Hades, but launches shafts of song in lame measure." Indeed, his meter is unorthodox by Hellenistic standards--Hipponax composed largely in "choliambs," or "lame iambics" with dragging final feet.