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Sapphics


  • Poetry written in the style of the poet Sappho.

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    • Sapphics
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    • Sapphic poetry
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  • Sources

    • found: Myers, J. Dictionary of poetic terms, c2003(Sapphic: the meter and stanzaic forms of the greek poetess of Lesbos, Sappho. The S. stanza consists of three lesser Sapphics, 11-syllable lines with a dactyl in the third foot, followed by an adonic)
    • found: Poets.org, viewed Dec. 26, 2012(Poetic Form: Sapphic--The sapphic dates back to ancient Greece and is named for the poet Sappho, who left behind many poem fragments written in an unmistakable meter. Sapphics are made up of any number of four-line stanzas, and many Greek and Roman poets, including Catullus, used the form. The main building blocks of the sapphic are trochees and dactyls. The trochee is a metrical foot with one stressed syllable followed by an unstressed one, while the dactyl contains a stressed syllable followed by two unstressed ones. The first three lines of the sapphic contain two trochees, a dactyl, and then two more trochees. The shorter fourth, and final, line of the stanza is called an "Adonic" and is composed of one dactyl followed by a trochee)
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    • Poetry written in the style of the poet Sappho.
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    • 2014-12-01: new
    • 2015-12-22: revised
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