Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or consisting of spondees.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having or relating to spondees.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a spondee; consisting of spondees.
  • adj. Containing spondees in excess; marked by spondees.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In ancient prosody: Of or pertaining to a spondee; constituting a spondee; consisting of spondees.
  • Having a spondee in the fifth place: noting a dactylic hexameter of the exceptional form the fifth foot being regularly a dactyl.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or consisting of spondees

Etymologies

French spondaïque, from Late Latin spondaicus, alteration of spondīacus, from Greek spondeiakos, from spondeios, spondee; see spondee.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin spondaicus, spondiacus, Ancient Greek σπονδειακός (spondeiakos, "(music) used at a libation"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But the beauty of the descriptions in _Evangeline_ and the pathos -- somewhat too drawn out -- of the story made it dear to a multitude of readers who cared nothing about the technical disputes of Poe and other critics as to whether or not Longfellow's lines were sufficiently "spondaic" to represent truthfully the quantitative hexameters of Homer and Vergil.

    Initial Studies in American Letters

  • But the beauty of the descriptions in _Evangeline_ and the pathos -- somewhat too drawn out -- of the story made it dear to a multitude of readers who cared nothing about the technical disputes of Poe and other critics as to whether or not Longfellow's lines were sufficiently "spondaic" to truthfully represent the quantitative hexameters of Homer and Vergil.

    Brief History of English and American Literature

  • Consideration of the most common of those variations, the spondaic (two stressed) and the pyrrhic (two unstressed), which are often found together forming what some have called the ionic foot, completes the chapter walking us into consideration of the line.

    THE PROSODY HANDBOOK: A GUIDE TO POETIC FORM by ROBERT BEUM & KARL SHAPIRO

  • For this, I say the line is almost entirely spondaic.

    Patrick Rosal reads Robert Hayden

  • If you read aloud the lines containing this word at the beginnings of the first two quatrains, you will hear something between resigned bitterness and sad determination conveyed by the spondaic stress on the first “must,” and a firmer, mounting determination in the second “must.”

    Annie Finch reads Claude McKay

  • In the series of dactylic lines 17-22, Catullus no doubt intended to convey the idea of rapidity, as, in the spondaic line immediately following, of labour.

    Poems and Fragments

  • It's the half line "bare ruined choirs" -- especially with its spondaic first foot -- that gets me. dhawhee commented at 8:15 AM~

    Ferule & Fescue

  • By March of 1930, only half as many patrons gave the secret dactylic-spondaic knock on the basement door.

    Middlesex

  • As he utters the last word all rise together, the old women with closed eyes, heads on one side and hands crossed over their breasts, and he begins to "line out," dividing the words rhythmically into spondaic measure, with the accent strongly on every second syllable and the falling inflection invariably on the last uttered:

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 097, January, 1876

  • It's the doirict riprisiuteetive of the Homiric loine, fust, in the number of fate; secindly, in the saysural pause; thirdly, in the capaceetee for a dactylic an 'spondaic inding, an' fowerthly, in the shuperabundince of sonorous ipithits and rowling syllabeefeeceetions.

    The Lady of the Ice A Novel

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