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The Dactylic Hexameter and its Detractors 1

Llewelyn Morgan

in Musa Pedestris: Metre and Meaning in Roman Verse

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199554188
eISBN:
9780191594991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554188.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter focuses on the benchmark metre in ancient poetry, the heroic hexameter. Three poetic forms embodying a contradiction of the epic ethos embodied by the hexameter are considered: ... More


Hölderlin’s Elegies

David Constantine

in Hölderlin

Published in print:
1988
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198157885
eISBN:
9780191673238
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198157885.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Poetry

For a better understanding of Friedrich Hölderlin's elegies it will be enough to mention two or three elements in the development of the genre in German. One is the naturalization of the couplet ... More


Imprisoned by Rhythm

Stephen Blackwood

in The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198718314
eISBN:
9780191787669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718314.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Religion and Literature

This chapter considers the metres of the Consolation’s first two poems—in elegiac couplets and hemiepes + adonic respectively—as well as the prose section between them. Attention is paid to the ... More


The First Four

Stephen Blackwood

in The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198718314
eISBN:
9780191787669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718314.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Religion and Literature

This chapter looks at the four metres that occur twice each in the Consolation—elegiac couplets, limping iambic trimeter, anapaestic dimeter catalectic, and sapphic hendecasyllable—as well as the ... More


First and Last Things

John Godwin

in Reading Catullus

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781904675631
eISBN:
9781781380703
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781904675631.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores the arrangement of the poems in the Book of Catullus, and analyses the importance of the first and last poems in the anthology. It shows that Catullus ordered his 116 poems into ... More


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