scazon


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scazon

(ˈskeɪzɒn)
n
a metre in poetry in which the spondee or trochee replaces the final iambus; a choliamb
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His fables are for the most part versions of the stock stories associated with the name of Aesop; however, Babrius rendered them into the scazon, or choliambic, meter.
Catullus 8 is written in the choliambic meter, sometimes also called 'limping iambics', or scazons. There is an elision between 'te adibit' in line 16, so that, rather than having four syllables, the phrase is pronounced with just three.
Persius Flaccus (34-62), who imitated the meters of Lucilius in the prologue of his works, the Greek rhetor Agamemnon now breaks into Latin scazons, or limping iambics, and then switches abruptly to hexameters.