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[ă‐nayk‐ri‐on‐tiks]

Verses resembling, either metrically or in subject matter, those of the Greek poet Anacreon (6th century bce) or of his later imitators in the collection known as the Anacreontea. Metrically, the original Anacreontic line combined long (−) and short (‿) syllables in the pattern ‿ ‿ − ‿ − ‿ − −. It was imitated in English by Sir Philip Sidney. More often, though, the term refers to the subject‐matter: the celebration of love and drinking. Anacreontics in this sense are usually written in short trochaic lines, as in Tom Moore's translated Odes of Anacreon (1800):Hither haste, some cordial soul! Give my lips the brimming bowl.

Subjects: Literature — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).


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