from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Latin verse consisting of six iambic feet.
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- n. A verse having six metric foot
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Lat. pros., a verse of six feet; especially, an iambic trimeter.
Consequently the common medium for conversation or for the narrative in a composition like comedy made up entirely of verse is the senarius.
If we should arrange the commoner Latin verses in a sequence according to the emotional effects which they produce, at the bottom of the series would stand the iambic senarius.
In this way it becomes a short realistic story of every-day people, involving frequently a love intrigue, and told in the iambic senarius, the simplest form of verse.
As soon as the suspense is over, it drops to the iambic senarius.
His technical skill is very considerable; the iambic senarius becomes in his hands an extremely pleasing rhythm, though the occurrence of spondees in the second and fourth place savours of archaic usage.
Was it the Greek verse, containing one senarius with a long syllable before the caesura in the fifth foot, as Herbert pointed out to his brother on the very evening when that hideous oversight -- say rather crime -- had been openly perpetrated in plain black and white on a virgin sheet of innocent paper?
[Greek: homosporon] was doubtless obliterated by the gloss [Greek: adelpheon] (an Ionic form ill suited to the senarius), and the [Greek: homoioteleuton] caused the remainder of the error.
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