One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A line of verse consisting of six metrical feet, especially of six dactyls.
- ‘For Schlegel, the feet of the hexameter must be of equal length, containing either one long and two short syllables or two long ones.’
- ‘My poetic skills were not up to constructing dactyllic hexameters, and I had already settled on the haiku form.’
- ‘Most celebrated were the Epodes, songs in simple strophes usually made up of a hexameter or iambic trimeter plus one or two shorter cola.’
- ‘Longfellow wrote in hexameters, in the tradition of the classical masters of he epic, Homer and Vergil.’
- ‘Metrically, the ‘Hymn’ justifies Coleridge's claims for the English hexameter.’
Late Middle English: from Latin, from Greek hexametros ‘of six measures’ (from hex ‘six’ + metron ‘measure’).
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