As a rule a word like "metrification," whose base stress contour (SWWSW) resembles a choriamb [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED], is difficult to place in strict iambic verse anywhere other than the beginning of the line (with a trochaic inversion).
In one of her letters to Symonds, Robinson claimed that the key to her experiments in Greek choral meters lay in the deliberate pacing of the "arrangement of Choriambs & lambs" (Prins, p.
This concern seems strange given the very audible repeated stresses produced by her "choriambs" (separated here by vertical lines):
In the first stanza, after two anapaests at lines 2-3, two amphibrachs (lines 4-5), the lines of the child, are interrupted by a choriamb
(line 6), which serves to install the amphimacers of the worn dressing-gown (lines 7 and 9).
was frequently used by the Greek poets Sappho and Alcaeus and by the Latin poet Horace.
In classical prosody, a unit of five to usually eight syllables whose last four syllables form a choriamb
( - U U - ), with the other syllables being indeterminate (either long or short) and diverse as to quantity.
The asclepiad consisted of an aeolic nucleus, a choriamb
to which were added more choriambs
and iambic or trochaic elements at the end of each line.
She's just a registered nurse, I know, I know, but I have her sashay, grind and bump, register Alcaics, Sapphics, choriambs