Definition of alcaic in English:

alcaic

Syllabification: al·ca·ic
Pronunciation: /alˈkā-ik
 
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Prosody

adjective

  • A four-line verse stanza in the meter invented by the Greek poet Alcaeus, and later used in a slightly altered form by the Roman poet Horace.
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    • It was monodic, and was composed in a variety of lyric metres in two or four-line stanzas, including the alcaic stanza, named after him.
    • He turned it down, but the first six odes of Book III, very serious - minded and written in alcaic metre, are closely aligned with Augustus’ policies.
    • There aren't many intact alcaic stanzas, but it is an important one [(Horace used in in his Odes [e.g.,])] and you should be familiar with it.

noun

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  • Alcaic verse.
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    • He employed the classical elegiacs and alcaics with ease, and was equally at home with trochaic and iambic lines.
    • In translating the odes, for example, I kept to their syllabic count and tried to engender rhythms akin to but not identical with those engendered by alcaics in German.
    • The first six odes of Book 3 are sometimes referred to as the Roman Odes, written in stately alcaics in elevated style on patriotic themes.

Origin

mid 17th century: via late Latin from Greek alkaikos, from Alkaios (see Alcaeus).

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