h is certainly not a Greek alcaic
, but it inveighs against stately-ism and state-ism alike, while it loosens our own notions of what "freer" verse might look like.
The quatrains that answer to Horace's Alcaics
have the proper formality of fine verse, not the traditional formality of English poetry but a new formality based on stress count, normally five to a line, rather than syllabic count.
Hacker: And after all - two of the spicier poems in my new book, Winter Numbers, are in sapphics and alcaics
When it comes to the classical tools of the trade--metrical patterns, assonance, consonance, sprung rhythms, half-rhymes, even alcaics
and all that--know of no other contemporary poet who can come close to her expertise, and yet her use of such tools is so skillful that the reader must look hard to become aware of the sleight-of-hand that takes place beyond her individual words, giving them extraordinary impetus.
She's just a registered nurse, I know, I know, but I have her sashay, grind and bump, register Alcaics
, Sapphics, choriambs (my predilection).