I have a line in a poem using "myriad" as:
a myriad of movement the maze will flaunt.
Is this correct? If not, what would you suggest?
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A myriad is a unit equal to 10,000 and is often used to mean "a great number".
Doing simple substitution shows the proper usage.
"A hundred movements", "A thousand movements", "A hundred horsemen", "A thousand horsemen"
"A myriad movements"
A googling of the phrase "A myriad movements" yields results from several published books.
"Hundreds of movements", "Thousands of movements", "Hundreds of horsemen", "Thousands of horsemen"
"Myriads of movements"
If you needed it for the meter, you could also say, "a myriad of movements" as per the dictionary explanation below.
Recent criticism of the use of myriad as a noun, both in the plural form myriads and in the phrase a myriad of, seems to reflect a mistaken belief that the word was originally and is still properly only an adjective. As the entries here show, however, the noun is in fact the older form, dating to the 16th century. The noun myriad has appeared in the works of such writers as Milton (plural myriads) and Thoreau (a myriad of), and it continues to occur frequently in reputable English. There is no reason to avoid it.