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Synonyms for iambus

a metrical unit with unstressed-stressed syllables

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West, Martin, Studies in Greek Elegy and Iambus, Berlin, 1974, GLP, fragmento 6; Burkert, "The Making of Homer in the Sixth Century B.
High the jugal line would jut, and mortal holes gape where once there had been the iambus of a wink, a dust of flowers sifted through his ribs" (68).
Because of its small extant corpus and the wide range of subject matter it addresses, scholars have been primarily concerned with defining iambus as a distinct genre, and so have treated it as unchanging over time.
The temperature was chilling outside, but Caribbean warmth reigned inside, as the legendary bass master thrilled the audience with classics such as Como Mi Ritmo No Hay Dos and Iambus," said my Latin Beat colleague Louis Laffitte.
He adds to the common Spondee, Iambus, and Trochee rarer rhythms with their patterns--"Tell me, divinest / Annabella, tell me"--; and after playing with a particularly gnarled meter notes that "in English & German we form our harmony from tone not quantity--or perhaps as our quantity depends on the Intonation / & as this system of Intonation is almost always in utter discord with the position of the Latin Quantities--So no Englishman or German can read this measure in the original so as at once to let a hearer perceive the sense & the harmony" (CN 1.
In one of the Anacreontic lyrics (which were made available to French poets of Labe's generation in Henri Estienne's edition of 1554) we find allusions to a disobedient lyre that plays only of love, although the speaker would like to produce epic verse (Elegy and Iambus with the Anacreontea, 2:51).
The concept of uariatio is also noteworthy as it is an important -- and initially controversial -- element of Callimachean poetics: the Diegesis on Iambus 13 explains that the poem was an answer to critics who complained about the [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] of Callimachus' poetry.
galliambic Latin galliambus galliambic meter, from gallus priest of Cybele + iambus iamb