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a metrical unit with unstressed-stressed syllables

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(27) Like the other amorous Epodes 8 and 12, this epode shares many of the familiar love topoi found in early Greek iambus: unwelcome sexual advances, animal images and odours acting as symbols of unattractiveness.
'Early Greek elegy and iambus 1921-1989.' Lustrum 33:7-409.
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.
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 1.372-73).
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.
Studies in Greek Elegy and Iambus. Berlin and New York: de Gruyter, 1974.
galliambic Latin galliambus galliambic meter, from gallus priest of Cybele + iambus iamb
(or iambus) In English prosody, a metrical foot consisting of two syllables, the first unaccented, the second accented.
The departure of the male beloved with another man (either as fear or as reality) is a motif discussed by Catullus in the Juventius cycle (poems 15, 21, 24, and 81), as well as by Callimachus in Iambus 3, a poem about a boy named Euthydemus who is prostituted by his own mother.