Anacreontic



(sometimes lowercase) of or in the manner of Anacreon.
(sometimes lowercase) convivial and amatory.
(lowercase) an Anacreontic poem.
Historical Examples

There is too much of merely Anacreontic prettiness about the description of the bridal bed and the lamenting Loves.
Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol II of 2) John Addington Symonds

He said this to himself as an officer was trolling forth an Anacreontic song.
Commodore Junk George Manville Fenn

In the succeeding example the sentiment is still more Anacreontic.
The Catacombs of Rome William Henry Withrow

The song is good in itself, but it is even more interesting as being the last product of Peacock’s Anacreontic vein.
Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860 George Saintsbury

He wrote Anacreontic poems, full of wine and love, and appears to us like a reveller masking in a surplice.
English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History Henry Coppee

This statue may represent one of the youthful favourites of the tyrant Polycrates hymning his master’s love in Anacreontic strain.
The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura Lucius Apuleius

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

The peculiar verse of Skelton, styled skeltonical, is a sort of English Anacreontic.
English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History Henry Coppee

It is the possible visits of Duke Wharton, and a few of his Anacreontic associates, that excite my apprehension.
The Pastor’s Fire-side Vol. 1 (of 4) Jane Porter

Toast, sentiment, and Anacreontic song, succeeded each other at speedy intervals; but there was no speechifying—no politics.
Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth

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