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.
Similarly, he suggests that these poetics might have prompted the shift from Sapphics to Alcaics
undergone by 'Thinen' (p.
Maurice" in the early 1850s in order to approximate the rhythm of the Horatian Alcaic
He had to write a copy of Alcaics on 'The dogs of the monks of St Bernard,' and when the exercise was returned to him he found the Doctor had written on it: 'In this copy of Alcaics - which is still excessively bad - I fancy that I can discern some faint symptoms of improvement.
60) The verse-composition has no specific counterpart in Goodbye to All That, but the 'many difficult bardic metres' recalls Ernest Pontifex's struggles with Alcaics (probably as hard a metre as any, except such oddities as Galliambics).
28) Macaulay was prepared, indeed, to grant neo-Latin verse its own merits, outside ~the first order': ~does it follow, because we think thus, that we can find nothing to admire in the noble alcaics
of Gray, or in the playful elegies of Vincent Bourne?
The poems are written in various metres: apart from the prevailing elegiac couplets and hexameters, we also find alcaics
(X, XIII, XVI, XIX, XXI, XXVII), the sapphic (XIV), and the second asclepadeic strophe (XXIII).
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.
Two of my favorite writers, Hacker and DuPlessis, argue for the productivity of opposite approaches: Hacker writes in sapphics and alcaics
, DuPlessis writes "Otherhow," straggling toward a form never before seen.
She's just a registered nurse, I know, I know, but I have her sashay, grind and bump, register Alcaics
, Sapphics, choriambs (my predilection).
And Tennyson (anticipating an important development in twentieth-century poetry) made innovative use of layout: he wished to print "To Virgil" in long-lined couplets to approximate the hexameters of his forebear; indented the third lines of his quatrains in "The Daisy" to recall Horace's Alcaics
, the third line of whose quatrains was always shortened; and inserted "The Daisy," "Will," and "To the Rev.
Named for and perhaps invented by the poet Alcaeus, the alcaic
became an important Latin verse form, especially in the Odes of Horace.