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Re: Coleridge Explanation of Verse
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0821  Tuesday, 10 April 2001

From:           Brian Vickers <
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Date:           Tuesday, 10 Apr 2001 10:30:20 +0200
Subject: 12.0803 Re: Coleridge Explanation of Verse
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0803 Re: Coleridge Explanation of Verse

Just a footnote to the Coleridge poem 'Metrical Feet': the version
recently quoted is incomplete. The full text, which I found in John
Lennard's excellent *The Poetry Handbook* (Oxford, 1996) -- should be
recommended reading in all English departments -- is as follows:

     Trochee trips from long to short;
     From long to long in solemn sort
     Slow Spondee stalks; strong foot! yet ill able
     Ever to come up with Dactyl trisyllable.
     Iambics march from short to long; --
     With a leap and a bound the swift Anapaests throng;
     One syllable long, with one short at each side,
     Amphibrachys hastes with a stately stride; --
     First and last being long, middle short, Amphimacer
     Strikes his thundering hoofs like a proud high-bred Racer.

Brian Vickers

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