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  • noun Plural form of dactylic.


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  • The first words suggest by the tonic accents English dactylics:

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock

  • Blank odes have been known in this country about as long as English sapphics and dactylics; and both have been considered, we believe, as a species of monsters, or exotics, that were not very likely to propagate, or thrive, in so unpropitious a climate.

    Famous Reviews

  • If there be any one, whose recollection does not furnish him with evidence of this fact, he may put it to the test of experiment, by desiring any of his illiterate acquaintances to read off some of Mr. Southey's dactylics, or Sir Philip Sidney's hexameters.

    Famous Reviews

  • Infortunio_; the galloping dactylics of the "Apocalypse"; the concentrated scandal against a venerated sex of the _De Conjuge non

    The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory (Periods of European Literature, vol. II)

  • The dactylics also of the latter, his hexameters and pentameters, as well as his iambics, bear the same evidence.

    Songs and Hymns of the Earliest Greek Christian Poets

  • Henrik Ibsen was an expatriate in Italy, then in the midst of war: as Garibaldi marched against Rome to eliminate the Papacy, Ibsen grumbled his way through various Italian beauty spots, his crazy epic poem spiralling recklessly out of the brutally hot sirocco that hit Ischia that year, so that he rose in his nightshirt sometimes because his head was so full of verse, writing down his octosyllabics and decasyllabics, the iambics, trochaics, dactylics, anapaestics and amphibrachs that all translators claim are impossible to translate into English.

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