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Re: The Number 20
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0264  Monday, 5 February 2001

From:           Peter Groves <
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Date:           Saturday, 03 Feb 2001 18:02:11 +1100
Subject: 12.0249 Re: The Number 20
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0249 Re: The Number 20

> Oops, I forgot seven.  Seven scans nicely too.  Trochees aren't they,
> twenty and seven?

"Seven" is commonly monosyllabic in Early Modern English, like "Heaven"
and "even": "By seven o'clock I'll get you such a ladder" (TGV
3.1.126).  Cf "sennight" for "week".

Peter Groves

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