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Pindaric Metre: The ‘Other Half’$
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Kiichiro Itsumi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199229611

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229611.001.0001

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The Three Classes of Stanza‐Forms

The Three Classes of Stanza‐Forms

(p.103) 9. The Three Classes of Stanza‐Forms
Pindaric Metre: The ‘Other Half’

Kiichiro Itsumi

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the metre of a stanza-form as a whole. Based on observations in the preceding chapters, the stanza-forms can be classified stylistically into three groups. Class I belongs basically to aeolic tradition. Class II is related to the normal dactylo-epitrite and to Ibycus as well. Class III, in which two metres are neatly are amalgamated, is the most characteristically Pindaric and the consummation of his art.

Keywords:   classification, stanza-forms, consummation, Pindar's metrical art, Ibycus, metre

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