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A Greek poetic metre named after Asclepiades of Samos (c.300 bce), although it was used earlier in lyrics and tragedies. It consists of two or three choriambs preceded by a spondee and followed by an iamb. Employed frequently by Horace and later adopted by the German poet Hölderlin, it is rarely found in English. Adjective: Asclepiadean.

Subjects: Literature.

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