anacreontic








adjective

  1. (sometimes lowercase) of or in the manner of Anacreon.
  2. (sometimes lowercase) convivial and amatory.

noun

  1. (lowercase) an Anacreontic poem.

adjective

  1. in the manner of the Greek lyric poet Anacreon (?572–?488 bc), noted for his short songs celebrating love and wine
  2. (of verse) in praise of love or wine; amatory or convivial

noun

  1. an Anacreontic poem
adj.

of or in the manner of Anacreon, “convivial bard of Greece” (literally “Up-lord”), the celebrated Greek lyrical poet (560-478 B.C.E.), born at Teos in Ionia. Also in reference to his lyric form (1706) of a four-line stanza, rhymed alternately, each line with four beats (three trochees and a long syllable), also “convivial and amatory” (1801); and “an erotic poem celebrating love and wine” (1650s).

Francis Scott Key in 1814 set or wrote his poem “The Star-Spangled Banner” to the melody of “To Anacreon in Heav’n,” the drinking song of the popular London gentleman’s club called The Anacreontic Society, whose membership was dedicated to “wit, harmony, and the god of wine.” The tune is late 18c. and may be the work of society member and court musician John Stafford Smith (1750-1836).

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