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Terms / Themes


Oxford English Dictionary

1.a. A kind of lyric poem, invented by Archilochus, in which a long line is followed by a shorter one, of metres different from the elegiac; used by Horace in his 5th Book of Odes.


b. an incantation


c. a poem of grave character


2. The part of a lyric ode sung after the strophe and antistrophe.

1. A lyric poem characterized by couplets formed by a long line followed by a shorter one

2. The third division of the triad of a Pindaric ode, having a different or contrasting form from that of the strophe and antistrophe.

3. The part of a choral ode in classical Greek drama following the strophe and antistrophe and sung while the chorus is standing still.



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