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- Of or relating to Parnassus, as the source of literary (especially poetic) inspiration; (hence) of or belonging to poetry, poetic.
1565, Arthur Golding, The Fyrst Fower Bookes of P. Ovidius Nasos Worke, Entitled Metamorphosis, Translated Oute of Latin into Englishe Meter, London: W. Seres, translation of Metamorphoses by Publius Ovidius Naso, published 1567:
- King Atlas called straight to minde an auncient prophesie Made by Parnassian Themys, which this sentence did implie: The time shall one day, Atlas, come in which thy golden tree Shall of hir fayre and precious fruite dispoyld and robbed bee.
- From Gerard Manley Hopkins' writings: describing a style of poetry or language which can only be created by poets, but not in the language of inspiration.
1864, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Poems and prose, Penguin Books, published 1954, page 158:
- But in Parnassian pieces you feel that if you were the poet you could have gone on as he has done, you see yourself doing it, only with the difference that if you actually try you find you cannot write his Parnassian.
- Of or relating to the Parnassianism movement of French poetry in the years 1850 to 1900, whose adherents rejected Romanticism and instead favored classicism with its formal structure and emotional detachment.
- (entomology) Of, relating to, or designating papilionid butterflies of the genus Parnassius or the subfamily Parnassiinae, consisting of the apollo butterflies.
Parnassian (plural Parnassians)