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Melic poetry


  • Classical Greek lyric poetry that was intended to be sung to a musical accompaniment.

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    • found: Smyth, H.W. Greek melic poets, 1900:pp. xviii-xxix (More appropriate than lyric, as an exact and comprehensive designation of all poetry that was sung to a musical accompaniment, is melic, the term that was in vogue among the Greeks of the classic age; the term melic was not extended to cover elegiac, iambic, and even epic, poetry because the musical accompaniment was not so vital a feature of these forms as it was in the case of melic verse) p. xx (Originally almost all melic poetry was led by a single voice, while the chorus sang only the refrain)
    • found: The new Princeton encyclopedia of poetry and poetics, 1993, via Literature online, Feb. 15, 2013(Melic Poetry (Gr. melos, "member," "song"). Later called lyric poetry by the Alexandrians, m. p. refers loosely to Gr. poetry composed from the 7th through 5th cs. B.C., exclusive of epic, dramatic, elegiac, and iambic; was sung to the accompaniment of a lyre or woodwinds or both and was divided into two broad categories, monodic and choral)
    • found: Cuddon, J. A dictionary of literary terms and literary theory, 1998(melic poetry. Lyric poetry to be sung and danced to)
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    • Classical Greek lyric poetry that was intended to be sung to a musical accompaniment.
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