Paeonic (110 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume : WORLD HISTORY AND IDEAS: A CROSS-CULTURAL VOLUME.


A paeonic metre is an ictosyllabic metre (q.v.) with three off-beats separating successive beats within the line:

I am the ve-ry mo-del of a mo-dern Ma-jor-General,
I’ve in-for-ma-tion ve-ge-ta-ble, a-ni-mal, and mineral,

(W. S. Gilbert, “The Major-General’s Song”)

There was move-ment at the sta-tion for the word had passed a-round
That the colt from old Re-gret had got away

Groves, Peter Lewis. "Paeonic". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 June 2007
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