A lyric metre named after the Greek poet Hipponax.

The metre is made up of a pair of intermittant catalectic trochaic dimeter and catalectic iambic trimeter in the following scheme:

-^-^/-^-
^-^-/^:-^-/^--

(in the catalectic iambic trimeter: the first iambus (^-) of the first two metra can be replaced with a spondee. The last syllable of the last feet can be replaced with a short one)

Example (in Latin):

 -  ^ -   ^    /  - ^^
Non ebur nequ(e) aureum
 ^-  ^ -/^  : -   ^ -/ ^ - ^
mea renidet : in domo lacunar,

(Hor. Od. II, XVIII 1-3)

* - long or stressed syllable; ^ short or unstressed syllable; : caesura.

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