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A Greek variation on dactylic hexameter, used for drinking songs, epitaphs, love poems, and all manner of other things. The meter consists of one line of dactylic hexameter and one line of pentameter, so that it ends up looking like this ( ^ = short syllable, - = long syllable, * = either, || = diaeresis):

dactyl/spondee | d/s | d/s | d/s | d/s | d (usually) | -*
    d/s | d/s | - || -^^ | -^^ | *

Example in Latin:

 - - | -  -|-   ^ ^|-  ^^| - ^ ^| - ^ 
Nulli se dicit mulier mea nubere malle
      -   ^ ^ | -  - |- ||-  ^ ^| -  ^  ^| ^
    quam mihi, non si se Iuppiter ipse petat.

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