A Treatise on Versification

Paperback | February 5, 2012

byRobert Wilson Evans

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852. Excerpt: ... 27 CHAPTER IV. ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF A VERSE. 19. A Verse is determined in quality by the order of the intervals and returns formerly mentioned, and in quantity by the number of them. 20. Each combination of interval and return, by which this order proceeds, is called a foot, being that on which the verse walks as it were. The interval may contain several syllables; the return consists in general but of one. 21. The most simple combinations are of course dissyllabic, affording but one syllable for interval, as in Latin words, regno,, pudens, and in the English, stately, remote. The latter of these feet is called in the classical tongues an iambus, the former a trochee. And the same terms are applied in modern languages, though improperly, wherever stress takes the place of the long syllable, as in the above English words. 22. The next in order are trisyllabic, affording two syllables for the interval, as in the Latin word sidera, and our English word harmony, and in the Latin word segetes, and our English word magazine. The former are called dactyls, the latter anapaests. The above word (and it is not a native) is the only anapaest in one word in our language, and it is not very distinctly that. But we have the foot in quite sufficient plenty as occupying part of one word, as in the word devastation, or parts of two or three words, as in the desire, to the woods. 23. The two ancient languages could (as we saw) have more than one return in one word, as in the Latin words candidSs, amlcos, infausta; and some less common measures have the return extending over two syllables together, as in the Bacchiac metre. This, however, is obviously impossible in our languages which go by accent, and therefore such feet as the above words contain can be formed but by th...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852. Excerpt: ... 27 CHAPTER IV. ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF A VERSE. 19. A Verse is determined in quality by the order of the intervals and returns ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:34 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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