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  • adjective pertaining to Alcaeus, a Greek lyric poet of around 600BC; especially, of a verse meter in a four-line stanza which he supposedly invented
  • noun in the plural alcaic verses


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From Latin alcaicus, from Greek αλκαικος, from Αλκαιος ‘Alcaeus’.


  • Even the four specimens given in the posthumous edition of Clough's poems, two of them elegiac, one alcaic, one in hexameters, though professedly constructed on a quantitative basis, and, in one instance (_Trunks the forest yielded, with gums ambrosial oozing, & c. _) combining legitimate quantity

    The Poems and Fragments of Catullus

  • He had a statesman-like partiality for the fag-end of an alcaic.

    Gallantry Dizain des Fetes Galantes

  • Such unmeasured feelings could not be held within the controlled harmonies of the hexameter nor within sapphic or alcaic or Pindaric strophes.

    A Study of Poetry

  • With the principal lyric metres, too, the sapphic and alcaic, he had done what Virgil had done with the dactylic hexameter, carried them to the highest point of which the foreign Latin tongue was capable.

    Latin Literature

  • The Virgilian movement differs not more from the Homeric, than does the Horatian sapphic or alcaic from the same metres as treated by their Greek inventors.

    The History of Roman Literature From the earliest period to the death of Marcus Aurelius

  • In what particulars do the alcaic and sapphic metres of Horace differ from their Greek models?

    The History of Roman Literature From the earliest period to the death of Marcus Aurelius

  • Odes and Epodes, thus acquired, were a score of days and weeks; alcaic and sapphic verses like a bead-roll for counting off the time that intervened before the holidays.

    Miscellaneous Studies; a series of essays

  • She had sung every species of melody and rythm, from the wildest dithyrambic to the severest and most grave alcaic; she had struck the lute, calling forth notes such as might have performed the miracles attributed to Orpheus and Amphion.

    The Roman Traitor (Vol. 2 of 2)

  • (tenuous enough at best) shimmer and blur as he became increasingly alcaic.


  • What was their joy, even at that perilous moment, as they lurked between the guardian and the abyss, to find that the box contained fifteen peerless odes in the alcaic form, five sonnets that were by far the most beautiful in the world, nine ballads in the manner of Provence that had no equal in the treasuries of man, a poem addressed to a moth in twenty-eight perfect stanzas, a piece of blank verse of over a hundred lines on a level not yet known to have been attained by man, as well as fifteen lyrics on which no merchant would dare to set a price.

    The Book of Wonder


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