An Essay on the Pronunciation of the Greek Language

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byGeorge James Pennington

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1844. Excerpt: ... proper mode of pronunciation, and still more the orator, who had studied sounds, and experienced their effects on the ears of his audience, would remember that the vowel of the second syllable was long, and would pronounce it as such, though without pedantry or affectation, yet in a manner which would at once convey the right quantity to the ear, and preserve an agreeable contrast between the Q of the second and the O of the third syllable. QUANTITY IN POETRY. 7. It is not so easy to determine, with any degree of precision, the manner in which the quantity was preserved in poetry. The principles, indeed, must have been the same in poetry as in prose; and in both the manner of marking quantity must have been by dwelling a long time on the long syllables. In poetry too, as in prose, there must have been ample room for the display of taste and judgement in the selection of words with a quantity suitable to the subject: for instance, where the nurse of Medea is lamenting the flight of her mistress from her native country, she describes the uncontrolled passion which hurried her away in terms as rapid: i'.piott Qufiov eiarXayela laaovos. (Euripid. Medea, v. 8.) When Electra receives the urn, which she believes to contain her brother's ashes, the poet has not been so unmindful of his art or of his reputation, as not to insert the /3joaSe?c /ecu avafiefiXrifievovc y^povovn in every foot in which the metre allowed them: ii tfnXrarOv fivrjfielov dtdpwirwv efiol, tyvxfis Opearov oiirov. (Sophocl. Electra,v. 1126.) Surely we could have pronounced, without the aid of any recondite learning, that such contrasts as these between the quantities of the two passages could not have been the result of accident; they must have been studiously framed to produce an effect on the audience; and no effect c...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1844. Excerpt: ... proper mode of pronunciation, and still more the orator, who had studied sounds, and experienced their effects on the ears of his audience, would remember...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:74 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:January 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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