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Trochaic verses, containing in regular prescribed positions irrational measures or irrational feet (cf. § 609. e), are called Logaoedic. The principal logaoedic forms are -

1. Logaoedic Tetrapody (four feet): GLYCONIC.

2. Logaoedic Tripody (three feet): PHERECRATIC (often treated as a syncopated Tetrapody Catalectic).

3. Logaoedic Dipody (two feet): this may be regarded as a short Pherecratic.

NOTE: This mixture of irrational measures gives an effect approaching that of prose: hence the name Logaoedic (logos, aoidh). These measures originated in the Greek lyric poetry, and were adopted by the Romans. All the Roman lyric metres not belonging to the regular iambic, trochaic, dactylic, or Ionic systems, were constructed on the basis of the three forms given above: viz., Logaoedic systems consisting respectively of four, three, and two feet. The so-called Logaoedic Pentapody consists of five feet but is to be regarded as composed of two of the others.