13. Elegiac Meter: Opposites Attract

  1. Barbara K. Gold
  1. Llewelyn Morgan

Published Online: 19 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118241165.ch13

A Companion to Roman Love Elegy

A Companion to Roman Love Elegy

How to Cite

Morgan, L. (2012) Elegiac Meter: Opposites Attract, in A Companion to Roman Love Elegy (ed B. K. Gold), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118241165.ch13

Editor Information

  1. Hamilton College, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330373

Online ISBN: 9781118241165



  • elegiac meter, opposites attracting;
  • elegiac couplet, or distich, an “epodic”;
  • break between words within a foot (a “caesura”);
  • coupling of hexameter and pentameter;
  • Latin elegiac couplet;
  • fundamental rules of the form;
  • exempla of Calypso, Thetis, Egeria, and Vulcan;
  • metrical ethos


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Formal Characteristics

  • Testing Convention

  • Metrical Ethos

  • Further Reading

  • Bibliography