The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0857 Monday, 16 April 2001
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.
>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.
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