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elegiac meter.

elegiac meter 1. In classical prosody, a distich (two lines), the first line of which is a dactylic hexameter and the second of which is often misleadingly called pentameter (it lacks the arsis, or short elements, in the third and sixth feet). In actuality, the second line is made up of two hemiepe, or two and a half dactyls followed by another two and a half dactyls. Elegiac meter is scanned:

- U U | - U U | - U U |- U U | - U U | - -

- U U | - U U | - | - U U | - U U | -

2. The meter characteristic of a kinah, a Hebrew elegy or dirge. Comparekinah meter.

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Date:Jan 1, 1995
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