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Explore the Craft of Writing Greek Verse, the beginnings. Dithyramb is a genre of "frenzied" lyric in praise of wine and revelry. It is named for the god of revelry Dionysus. The dithyramb was originally composed to be sung by a chorus. The frame is at the discretion of the poet although the theme should be fitting with the history of the genre. Alternating verse and chorus are often used and it is common to find the genre written in Anacreontic Couplets. Alexander's Feast by John Dryden (1639-1701) Chorus III Bacchus' blessings are a treasure, Drinking is the soldier's pleasu
Tinker posted a topic in English VerseExplore the Craft of Writing Poetry English Verse Roundelay as defined in the dictionary is a short simple song with a refrain. However as a fixed stanzaic form, the English poet John Dryden, 1631-1700, created a two rhyme, repetition of lines in a set pattern that is recognized as the Roundelay, the English Roundelay or the Dryden Roundelay. In essence the poet writes only 12 of the 24 lines. The elements of the English Roundelay are: stanzaic, four sixains (6 line stanzas). metric, often written in trochaic tetrameter with some of the lines catalectic (one syllable shor