Serbian troches

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The Serbian troche is a trochaic five- lifter without a caesura and rhyming , whereby individual troches can also be replaced by spondes . The designation goes back to the catalectic ten-syllable of the Serbian folk poetry, in particular the Serbian heroic songs, and was introduced into German poetry through their reproduction with Trochaic five-pointers by Johann Gottfried Herder . In the following examples can be found mainly in (historical) ballads by Gottfried August Bürger , Johann Wolfgang Goethe ( lament of the noble women of Asan Aga , The Bride of Corinth ), Friedrich Rückert , August von Platen ( Abbasids ), Emanuel Geibel , Conrad Ferdinand Meyer , Gottfried Keller , Detlev von Liliencron , Agnes Miegel ( Duke Samo ), Josef Weinträger ( The Trochäus ) and Max Mell ( The Fair Weather Witch ).

As an example from Platen's verse epic The Abbasids the first verses:

A thousand tents were pitched
through the field at the gates of Baghdad,
To celebrate the festival of the new year:
On the throne sat the great Harun
As caliph with all signs of dignity,
ring in the circle his crown officials [...]


Individual evidence

  1. ^ August Graf von Platen: The Abbassids. In: Collected works of Count August von Platen. Volume 4. JG Cotta, Stuttgart and Tübingen 1847, p. 227.