Pyrrhic

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A pyrrhic (πυρρίχιος pyrrichios, from πυρρίχη pyrrichē) is a metrical foot used in formal poetry.wikipedia
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A pyrrhic (πυρρίχιος pyrrichios, from πυρρίχη pyrrichē) is a metrical foot used in formal poetry.

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A pyrrhic (πυρρίχιος pyrrichios, from πυρρίχη pyrrichē) is a metrical foot used in formal poetry.

Ionic meter

Ionicionic metre
"When the" and "and the" in the second line may be considered as pyrrhics (also analyzable as ionic meter).
from The Countess Cathleen) and Tennyson, "In Memoriam," "When the blood creeps and the nerves prick" (compare pyrrhic).

Syllable weight

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It consists of two unaccented, short syllables.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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Tennyson used pyrrhics and spondees quite frequently, for example, in In Memoriam:

Spondee

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Tennyson used pyrrhics and spondees quite frequently, for example, in In Memoriam:

In Memoriam A.H.H.

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Tennyson used pyrrhics and spondees quite frequently, for example, in In Memoriam:

Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe observed that many experts rejected it from English metrics and concurred: The pyrrhic is rightfully dismissed.

Pyrrhichios

Pyrrhic dancePyrecheiosidentically named ancient Greek war dance
By extension, this rhythmic pattern apparently formed the basis of an identically named ancient Greek war dance.

Proclus

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Proclus thought it was the same as the hyporcheme (hyporchēma), while Athenaeus distinguished them; this may have depended on whether song accompanied the dance.

Athenaeus

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Proclus thought it was the same as the hyporcheme (hyporchēma), while Athenaeus distinguished them; this may have depended on whether song accompanied the dance.

Aristoxenus

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Citing Aristoxenus, Athenaeus said the pyrrhic is a Spartan dance for boys carrying spears to prepare for war, and noted the intense speed of the dance.

Sparta

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Citing Aristoxenus, Athenaeus said the pyrrhic is a Spartan dance for boys carrying spears to prepare for war, and noted the intense speed of the dance.

Plato

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In Plato's Laws, the dance is described as representing the offensive and defensive movements in battle.

Laws (dialogue)

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In Plato's Laws, the dance is described as representing the offensive and defensive movements in battle.

Dionysus

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Other Greeks associated it with Dionysus.

Quintuple meter

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In addition to the Cretic meter, which consisted of a long-short-long pattern, ancient Greek music had seven other quintuple meters: Bacchic (L-L-S), Palimbacchic (or antibacchic: S-L-L), four species of Paeanic (L-S-S-S, S-L-S-S, S-S-L-S—which is a composite of pyrrhic and trochee—and S-S-S-L), and hyporchematic (S-S-S-S-S).

Siege of Queli

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The heroic 28-day long siege resulted in pyrrhic Muslim victory and execution of the Georgian commander Gobron.

The Song of the Stormy Petrel

Song of the Stormy Petrel
The poem is written in a variation of unrhymed trochaic tetrameter with occasional Pyrrhic substitutions.

Prosody (Greek)

Dactylo-epitriteGreek prosodyiambic trimeter

Trochee

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's The Song of Hiawatha, whose meter was taken from Elias Lönnrot's Kalevala, is written almost entirely in trochees, barring the occasional substitution (iamb, spondee, pyrrhic, etc.).

Meca-Medina ruling

Although Bosman's victory was pyrrhic ending in alcoholism and incarceration the effect it had was it reversed parts of the Walrave and Koch ruling namely that contractual restrictions on freedom to conduct business could not be an exception.