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Alcaics

Type:  

Structure, Metrical Requirement, Stanzaic

 
Description: 

This form is a bit of a mess borrowed from the Greeks. Non-native forms don’t often translate well in new languages. It is a quatrain form. Described in the technical terms of meter, the first two lines contain an acephelous iamb, two trochees, and two dactyls; the third line is an acephelous iamb and four trochees; and the last is two dactyls and two trochees. The form is unrhymed.

 
Origin: 

Greek

 
Schematic: 
X Xx Xx Xxx Xxx
X Xx Xx Xxx Xxx
X Xx Xx Xx Xx
Xxx Xxx Xx Xx
 
Rhythm/Stanza Length: 

4

 
See Also:  

Dactyl, Iamb, Trochee

 
Status: 

Incomplete

 

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