from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or in the manner of the poems of Anacreon, especially being convivial or amatory in subject.
- n. A poem written in the style of Anacreon.
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- adj. Alternative form of anacreontic.
- n. Alternative form of anacreontic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to, after the manner of, or in the meter of, the Greek poet Anacreon; amatory and convivial.
- n. A poem after the manner of Anacreon; a sprightly little poem in praise of love and wine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or after the manner of Anacreon, a Greek poet of the sixth century b. c., whose odes and epigrams were celebrated for their case and grace. They were devoted to the praise of love and wine.
- Hence Pertaining to the praise of love and wine; convivial; amatory.
- n. [lowercase] [=F. anacréontique.] A poem by Anacreon, or composed in the manner of Anacreon; a little poem in praise of love and wine. Formerly sometimes written anacreontique.
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Fontaine has prettily set it off, and an anonymous writer has composed it in Latin Anacreontic verses; and at length our Prior has given it with equal gaiety and freedom.
I had composed a good number of so - called Anacreontic poems, which, on account of the convenience of the metre, and the lightness of the subject, flowed forth readily enough.
He seems to have enjoyed to the full the gay and easy life of a courtier, and sung so voluptuously of love and wine and festivity that the term "Anacreontic" has come to be used to characterize all poetry over - redolent of these themes.
"The Anacreontic Song" became popular in the U.S., and after Francis Scott Key composed his 1814 poem, "Defence of Fort McHenry," his brother-in-law saw that the poem would go nicely with the "Anacreontic" melody.
There is something of the metaphysical about this, and I can't get Abraham Cowley's second Anacreontic, "Drinking", out of my head when I read it.
Printed sources of "The Anacreontic Song," the drinking song that supplied the tune, are in triple meter, as are other, pre - "Banner" songs that use the tune (such as "Adams and Liberty").
‘Written, I presume you mean, in the Anacreontic measure of three feet and a half — spondees and iambics?’ said a gentleman in spectacles, glancing round, and giving emphasis to his inquiry by causing bland glares of a circular shape to proceed from his glasses towards the person interrogated.
‘Witty things, and occasionally Anacreontic: and they have the originality which such a style must naturally possess when carried out by a feminine hand,’ said Ladywell.
Constantinople had given him a taste for Anacreontic singing, and female society of the questionable kind, a love of strong waters, — the hypocrite looked positively scandalised when I first suggested the subject, — and an off-hand latitudinarian mode of dealing with serious subjects in general.
He wrote Anacreontic poems, full of wine and love, and appears to us like a reveller masking in a surplice.
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