Origin of Anacreontic
Examples from the Web for anacreontic
The "Anacreontic to a Plumassier" is a very delicate piece of verse, fluffy and feathery.Thomas Moore|Stephen Gwynn
His Anacreontic and Horatian odes are far happier; among these some of his most delightful work is found.A History of French Literature|Edward Dowden
He said this to himself as an officer was trolling forth an anacreontic song.Commodore Junk|George Manville Fenn
He wrote Anacreontic poems, full of wine and love, and appears to us like a reveller masking in a surplice.
The peculiar verse of Skelton, styled skeltonical, is a sort of English anacreontic.
British Dictionary definitions for anacreontic
Word Origin and History for anacreontic
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).