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Lyric Meter
(2,186 words)


Greek lyric meter is the meter of Greek sung poetry. Lyric meters are exceedingly diverse and may be divided into various formal types. These divisions may or may not correspond with generic or regional divisions. Certain types have close parallels in Vedic Sanskrit.

1. Introduction

This entry is concerned with the metrical analysis of Greek sung poetry. Greek poetry may be divided into two basic types: poetry t…

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Timothy G. Barnes, “Lyric Meter”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 04 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000224>
First published online: 2013

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