American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Relating to or characteristic of the poetic style of Pindar.
- adj. Of or characteristic of a Pindaric ode.
- n. A Pindaric ode.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to Pindar, one of the first of Greek lyric poets (about 522 to 448 b. c.), or resembling or characteristic of his style.
- n. An ode in imitation of the odes of Pindar; an ode in irregular or constantly changing meter.
- adj. Of or pertaining to Pindar
- n. An ode of an irregular form erroneously derived from Pindar, popular in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to Pindar, the Greek lyric poet; after the style and manner of Pindar.
- n. an ode form used by Pindar; has triple groups of triple units
“Many of these complex stanzaic forms, moreover, belong in the tradition of the so-called Pindaric ode, imitated freely from the Greek choric odes of Pindar.”
“Passing over a number of years, we find him, in 1730, publishing a so-called Pindaric ode, _Imperium Pelagi; a Naval Lyric_, in the preface to which he declares with characteristic italics: "_Trade_ is a very _noble_ subject in itself; more _proper_ than any for an Englishman; and particularly _seasonable_ at this juncture.”
“But the great popularity of the so-called "Pindaric" ode in English in the seventeenth century was due to Cowley, and to one of those periodic loyalties to lawlessness which are characteristic of the English.”
“Cowley, failing to perceive that Pindar's apparent lawlessness was due to the corruption of the Greek text and to the modern ignorance of the rules of Greek choral music, made his English "Pindaric" odes an outlet for rebellion against all stanzaic law.”
“To understand the "Pindaric" English ode, we must remember that a few scholars, like Ben Jonson, Congreve and Gray, took peculiar pleasure in reproducing the general effect of the Greek strophic arrangement of”
“The rhymes of his earlier books have all but disappeared, though not his use of iambic meter and classical forms (which include, in this book, Pindaric odes).”
““How fine that is!” exclaimed the hair-dresser, in Pindaric accents,”
“Heidegger cannot read the alternating tones of Hölderlin's hymn because he ignores the poem's Pindaric triadic structure and simply cuts off the fragmentary lines that would have constituted the strophes of the poem's end — that is, makes the poem "whole" by truncating it.”
“Seest thou, Raleigh, thy friend is far too Pindaric for this presence.”
“Pindaric of the late seventeenth and earlier eighteenth centuries, and in the rhymelessness of Sayers earlier and of Mr. Arnold later.”
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