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Re: Coleridge Explanation of Verse
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0857  Monday, 16 April 2001

From:           Stephanie Hughes <
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Date:           Friday, 13 Apr 2001 16:47:36 -0700
Subject: 12.0821 Re: Coleridge Explanation of Verse
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0821 Re: Coleridge Explanation of Verse

Many thanks to Brian Vickers for the book title.

Stephanie Hughes

>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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