Thus, there is as much artificiality about a stanza of Chinese verse as there is about an Alcaic stanza in Latin.
The model of this variety is not to be found in any of the Alcaic or Tyrtæan remains.
As a boy of sixteen, he wrote verses in the Alcaic and Asclepiadeian measures, and soon acquired a considerable mastery over them.
He used to say, “The Horatian Alcaic is, perhaps, the stateliest metre except the Virgilian hexameter at its best.”
On the other hand, we can find scarcely an ode in the Sapphic or Alcaic metre, which does not clearly betray its modern origin.
Somewhat as in the Greek Alcaic, where the penultimate line seems to lift and suspend the wave that falls over in the last.
Virgilius Mars wrote in hexameters; Horatius Flaccus in Alcaic, sapphic, and anapestic verse.
Of these, four are in hendecasyllabics, one in the Alcaic and one in the Sapphic stanza.