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aeolic Greek Aiolikos,literally, of the Aeolians, a people of ancient Greece

Of or relating to a group of meters used in Greek lyric poetry. "Aeolic" alludes to the poets Sappho and Alcaeus, of the Aeolian island of Lesbos, who first used these meters. Aeolic meters, such as the glyconic, typically are formed around a choriamb ( - U U - ), which may be preceded or followed (or both) by a variety of other metrical units to create a wide variety of metrical sequences.

(For example, choriambic dimeter has the form - U U - | U - U - ; glyconic takes the form UUU | - U U - | U - .)

See alsopolyschematist.

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Date:Jan 1, 1995
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