Alcaic strophe


Alcaic strophe
Alcaic strophe noun
1. A verse form much used by Horace, consisting of two eleven-syllable Alcaics: ˘̲–˘––/–˘˘–˘˘̲, followed by a nine-syllable: ˘̲–˘–––˘–˘, and a ten-syllable: –˘˘–˘˘–˘–˘
2. Imitated by Tennyson in ‘O mighty-mouth'd inventor of harmonies’
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