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of the Casura. Without this, a line consisting of the number of feet requisite will be little else than mere prose; as,
Romæ mania tērruit impigĕr Hannibal armis. Ennius.
The ancient Romans, in pronouncing verse, paid a particular attention to its melody. They not only observed the quantity and accent of the several syllables, but also the different stops and pauses which the particular turn of the verse required. In modern times we do not fully perceive the melody of Latin verse, because we have now lost the just pronunciation of that language, the people of every country pronouncing it in a manner similar to their own. In reading Latin verse, therefore, - we are directed by the same rules which take place with respect to English verse.
The tone of the voice ought to be chiefly regulated by the sense. All the words should be pronounced fully; and the cadence of the verse ought only to be observed, so far as it corresponds with the natural expression of the words. At the end of each line there should be no fall of the voice, unless the sense requires it; but a small pause, half of that which we usually make at a
The Pentameter verse consists of five feet. Of these the two first are either dactyles or spondees ; the third always a spondee; and the fourth and fifth an anapæstus ; as,
Nātu- ræ sequi- | tür sẽ- [ mină quis- | que suæ. Propert.
But this verse is more properly divided into two hemisticks or halves; the former of which consists of two feet, either dactyles or spondees, and a cæsura; the latter, always of two dactyles and another cæsura; thus,
Natúræ sequi- | tür | sẽmină | quisquè sŭ- | æ.
The Pentameter usually ends with a dissyllable, but sometimes also with a polysyllable.
The Asclepiadean verse consists of four feet; namely, a spondee, twice a choriambus, and a pyrrhichius; as,
Mæce-nās ǎtǎvis | ēdĭtě rē- | gibus. Hor.
But this verse may be more properly measured thus: in the first place, a spondee; in the second, a dactyle; then a cæsura; and after that two dactyles; thus,
Mæce-nas ata- | vis edite | regibus.
The Glyconian verse has three feet, a spondee, choriambus, and pyrrhichius; as,
Navis quæ tibi | creditum.
5. SAPPHIC and ADONIAN.
The Sapphic verse has five feet; viz. a trochee, spondee, dactyle, and two trochees; thus,
The Pherecratian verse consists of three feet, a spondee, dactyle, and spondee; thus,
The Phaleucian verse consists of five feet; namely, a spondee, a dactyle, and three trochees; as, Summām | nec mětě- | as di- | ẽm, něc | optěs. Martial.
8. The GREATER ALCAIC.
The Greater Alcaic, called likewise Dactylic, consists of four feet, a spondee or iambus, iambus and cæsura, then two dactyles; as,
Virtus repül-sæ | nêscìă | sõrdĭdæ. Horat.
The Archilochian Iambic verse consists of four feet. In the first and third place, it has either a spondee or iambus; in the second and fourth, always an iambus; and in the end, a cæsura; as, Nēc sū- | mĭt, aūt | pōnīt | sĕcū- | rés. Horat. 10. The LESSER ALCAIC.
The Lesser Dactylic Alcaic consists of four feet; namely, two dactyles and two trochees; as, Arbitri- | ō popŭ- | lārĭs | aūræ. Horat.
Of the above kinds of verse, the first two take their names from the number of feet of which they consist. All the rest derive their names from those by whom they were either first invented, or frequently used.
There are several other kinds of verse, which are named from the feet by which they are most
commonly measured, such as the dactylic, trochaic, anapæstic, and iambic. The last of these is most frequently used.
Of Iambic verse there are two kinds. The one consists of four feet, and is called by a Greek name Dimĕter; the other consists of six feet, and is called Trimeter. The reason of these names is, that among the Greeks two feet were considered only as one measure in iambic verse; whereas the Latins measured it by single feet, and therefore called the dimeter quaternarius, and the trimeter senarius. Originally this kind of verse was purely iambic, i. e. admitted of no other feet but the iambus; thus,
Dimeter, Inār- | sit æ- | stuō- suis. Horat.
Trimeter, Suis | ět i- | psă Rō
mă vi- | rìbūs | ruit. Id.
But afterwards, both for the sake of ease and variety, different feet were admitted into the uneven or odd places; that is, in the first, third, and fifth places, instead of an iambus, they used a spondee, a dactyle, or an anapæstus, and sometimns a tribrachys. We also find a tribrachys in the even places, i. e. in the second place, and in the fourth; for the last foot must always be an iambus; thus, Dimeter, Canidi | ă tră- | ctăvit | dăpēs. Horat.
Vidé- rě propě- | rāntēs | domūm. Id.
Trimeter, Quoquo | scělê- |-sti răï- |'tis aūt | cûr dēx- | tĕris. Id.
In comic writers we sometimes find an iambic verse consisting of eight feet, therefore called Tetrameter or Octonarius.
FIGURES IN SCANNING.
The several changes made upon words to adapt them to the verse are called Figures in Scanning. The chief of these are the Synalopha, Ecthlipsis, Synæresis, Diæresis; Systole, and Diastole. 1. SYNALEPHA is the cutting off a vowel or diphthong, when the next word begins with a vowel; as,
Conticuere omnes, intentique ora tenebant. Virg.
to be scanned thus,
Conticu- er' om- | nés in- | tēnti | qu' ōră tĕ- | nēbānt. The Synalapha is sometimes neglected; and seldom takes place in the interjections, 6, heu, ah, proh, væ, vah, hei; as,
O pater, ô hominum, Divûmque æterna potestas. Virg.
Long vowels and diphthongs, when not cut off, are sometimes shortened; as,
Insulæ Ionio in magno, quas dira Celano. Virg.
Credimus? an, qui amant, ipsi sibi somnia fingunt? Id.
Victor apud rapidum Simoënta sub Ilio alto.
Ter sunt conati imponere Pelio Ossam.
Glauco et Panopeæ, et Inoo Melicertæ.
2. ECTHLIPSIS is when m is cut off, with the vowel before it in the end of a word, because the following word begins with a vowel; as,
O curas hominum? O quantum, est in rebus inane ! Pers.
O cũ- | rãs hăm- | n’, ỏ quản- | t’ ést in | rebüs in- | nê.
Sometimes the Synalopha and Ecthlipsis, are found at the end of a verse; as,
Sternitur infelix alieno vulnere, cœlumque
Adspicit, et dulces moriens reminiscitur Argos. Virg.
Ardua cernebant juvenes, murosque subibant. Id.
These verses are called Hypermetri, because a syllable remains to be carried to the beginning of the next line; thus, qu' Adspicit; r' Ardua.
3. SYNÆRESIS is the contraction of two syllables into one, which is likewise called Crasis; as, Phathon, for Phaethon. So, ei in Thesei, Orphei, deinde, Pompei; ui, in huic, cui; oi, in proinde; eâ, in aured; thus,
Notus amor Phædræ, nota est injuria Thesei. Ovid.
Filius huic contrà, torquet qui sidera mundi. Id.
So in antehac, cadem, alvearia, deest, deerit, vehemens, anteit, eodem, alveo, graveolentis, omnia, semianimis, semihomo, fluviorum, totius, promontorium, &c. as,
Una eâdemque via sanguisque animusque ferentur.
Bis patriæ cecidere manus: quin protinus omnia. Id
To this figure may be referred the changing of i and u into j and v, or pronouncing them in the same syllable with the following vowel; as in genva, tenvis, arjetat, tenvia, abjete, pitvita, parjetibus, Nasidjenus; for genua, tenuis, &c. as,
Propterea qui corpus aquæ naturaque tenvis. Lucr.
4. DIERESIS divides one syllable into two; as, aulai, for aulæ; Tröiæ, for Trojæ; Perseus, for Perseus; milius, for milvus; soluit, for solvit; volüit, for volvit; aquæ, sietus, suasit, suevos, relanguit, reliquas, for aquæ, suetus, &c. as,
Aulai in medio libabant pocula Bacchi. Virg.
Stamina non ulli dissoluenda Deo. Pentam. Tibullus.
5. SYSTŎLE is when a long syllable is made short; as the penult in tulerunt; thus,
Matri longa decem tulĕrunt fastidia menses. Virg.
6. DIASTŎLE is when a syllable usually short is made long; as the last syllable in amor, in the following verse;
Considant, si tantus amor, et monia condant. Virg.
To these may be subjoined the Figures of Diction, as they are called, which are chiefly used by the poets, though some of them likewise frequently occur in prose.
1. When a letter or syllable is added to the beginning of a word, it is called PROSTHĕsis; as, gnavus for navus; tetuli for tuli. When a letter or syllable is interposed in the middle of a word, it is called EPENTHESIS; as, relligio, for religio; induperator, for imperator. When a letter or syllable is added to the end, it is called PARAGOGE; as, dicier for dici.
2. If a letter or syllable be taken from the beginning of a word, it is called APHÆRĕsis; as, natus for gnatus; tenderant for tetenderant. If from the middle of a word, it is called SYNCOPE; as, dixti for dixisti; deûm, for deorum. If from the end, APOCŎPE; as, viden' for videsne ; Antoní for Antonii.
3. When a letter or syllable is transposed, it is called METATHĕsis; as, pistris for pristis: Lybia for Libya. When one letter is put for another, it is called ANTITHĕSIS; as, faciundum for faciendum, olli for illi; voltis for vultis.
DIFFERENT KINDS OF POEMS.
Any work composed in verse is called a Poem, (Poema, or Carmen.)
Poems are called by various names, from their subject, their form, the manner of treating the subject, and their style.
1. A poem on the celebration of a marriage is called an EPITHALAMIUM ; on a mournful subject, an ELEGY or LAMENTATION; in praise of the Supreme Being, a HYMN; in praise of any person or thing, a PANEGYRIC or ENCOMIUM; on the vices of any one, a SATIRE or INVEČ. TIVE; a poem to be inscribed on a tomb, an EPITAPH, &c.
2. A short poem adapted to the lyre or harp, is called an ODE, whence such compositions are called Lyric Poems; a poem in the form of a letter is called an EPISTLE; a short witty poem, playing on the fancies or conceits which arise from any subject, is called an EPIGRAM; as those of Catullus and Martial. A sharp, unexpected lively turn of wit in the end of an epigram, is called its Point. A poem expressing the moral of any device or picture, is called an EMBLEM. A poem containing an obscure question to be explained, is called an ÆNIGMA or RIDDLE.
When a character is described so that the first letters of each verse, and sometimes the middle and final letters express the name of the person or thing described, it is called an ACROSTIC · as the following on our Saviour:
Inter cuncta micans I gniti sidera cæl I,
3. From the manner of treating a subject, a poem is either Exegetic, Dramatic, or Mixt.
The Exegetic, where the poet always speaks himself, is of three kinds, Historical Didactic or Instructive, (as the Satire or Epistle,) and Descriptive.
Of the Dramatic, the chief kinds are COMEDY, representing the actions of ordinary life, generally with a happy issue; and TRAGEDY, representing the actions and distresses of illustrious personages, commonly with an unhappy issue. To which may be added Pastoral Poems or BUCOLICS, representing the actions and conversations of shepherds; as most of the eclogues of Virgil.
The Mixt kind is where the poet sometimes speaks in his own person, and sometimes makes other characters to speak. Of this kind is chiefly the EPIC or HEROIC poem, which treats of some one great transaction of some great illustrious person, with its various circumstances; as the wrath of Achilles, in the Iliad of Homer; the settlement of Æneas in Italy, in the Æneid of Virgil; the fall of man, in the Paradise Lost of Milton, &c.
4. The style of poetry, as of prose, is of three kinds; the simple, ornate, and sublime.
COMBINATION OF VERSES IN POEMS.
In long poems there is commonly but one kind of verse used. Thus Virgil, Lucretius, Horace in his Satires and Epistles, Ovid in his Metamorphoses, Lucan, Silius Italicus, Valerius Flaccus, Juvenal, &c. always use Hexameter verse; Plautus, Terence, and other writers of Comedy, generally use the Iambic, and sometimes the Trochaic. It is chiefly in shorter poems, particularly those which are called Lyric poems, as the Odes of Horace and the Psalms of Buchanan, that various kinds of verse are combined.
A poem which has only one kind of verse, is called by a Greek name MONOCOLON, Sc. poema, v. carmen; or MONOCOLOS, Sc. ode that which has two kinds, DICOLON; and that which has three kinds of verse, TRICOLON.
If the same sort of verse return after the second line, it is called DICOLON DISTROPHON; as when a single Pentameter is alternately placed after a HEXAMETER, which is named Elegiac verse, (carmen Elegiacum,) because it was first applied to mournful subjects; thus,
Flebilis indignos Elegëia solve capillos;
Ah! nimis ex vero, nunc tibi nomen erit. Ovid.
This kind of verse is used by Ovid in all his other works except the Metamorphoses; and also, for the most part, by Tibullus, Propertius, &c.
When a poem consists of two kinds of verse, and after three lines returns to the first, it is called Dicolon Tristrophon: when after four lines, Dicolon Tetrastròphon: as,
Auream quisquis mediocritatem
When a poem consists of three kinds of verse, and after three lines always returns to the first, it is called Tricolon Tristrophon: but if it returns after four lines, it is called Tricolon Tetrastrophon : as when after two greater dactylic alcaic verses are subjoined an archilochian iambic and a lesser dactylic alcaic which is named Carmen Horatianum, or Horatian verse, because it is frequently used by Horace; thus,
Virtus recludens immeritis mori
Spernit humum fugiente pennâ.
Any one of these parts of a poem, in which the different kinds of verse are comprehended, when taken by itself, is called a Strophe, Stanza, or Staff.
DIFFERENT KINDS OF VERSE IN HORACE AND BUCHANAN.
I. ODES and PSALMS of one kind of verse.
1. Asclepiadean, See N° 3. p. 208. Hor. I. 1. III. 30. IV. 8.
-Buch. Ps. 28. 40. 80.
2. Choriambic Alcaic Pentameter, consisting of a spondee, three choriambuses, and a pyrrhichius or iambus: Hor. I. 11. 18. IV. 10.
3. Iambic trimĕter, N° 11.- -Hor. Epod. 17. -Buch. Ps 25. 94. 106.
4. Hexameter, No 1. Hor. Satires and Epistles.-Buch. Ps. 1. 18. 45. 78. 85. 89. 104. 107. 132. 135.
5. Iambic Diměter, N° 11.–
6. The Greater Dactylic Alcaic, N° 8.—Buch. Ps. 26. 29. 32. 49. 61. 71. 73. 143.
7. Trochaic, consisting of seven trochees and syllable; admitting also a tribrachys in the uneven places, i. e. in the first, third, fifth, and seventh foot; and in the even places, a tribrachys, spondee, dactyle, and anapestus.— -Buch. Ps. 105. 119. 124. 129.
-Buch. Ps. 13. 31. 37 47. 52. 54. 59. 86. 96. 98. 117. 148. 149. 150.
8. Anapestic, consisting of four anapestuses, admitting also a spondee or dactyle; and in the last place, sometimes a tribrachys, amphimăcer, or trochee.-Ps. 113.
9. Anacreontic Iambic, consisting of three iambuses and a syllable; in the first foot it has sometimes a spondee or anapestus, and also a tribrachys.-Ps 131.
II. ODES and PSALMS of two kinds of verse following one another alternately.
1. Glyconian and Asclepiadean, No 4. and 3.—Hor. I. 3. 13. 19. 36. III. 9. 15. 19. 24. 25. 28. IV. 1. 3.-Buch. Ps. 14. 35. 43.
2. Every first line, (Dactylico-Trochaic,) consisting of the first four feet of a hexameter verse
then three trochees or a spondee for the last; every second verse, (Iambic Archilochian,) consisting of an iambic or spondæus, an iambus, a cæsura, and then three trochees.Hor. I. 4.
3. The first line, Hexameter: and the second, Alemanian Dactylic, consisting of the four last feet of a hexameter. Hor. I. 7. 28. Epod. 12.- -Buch. Ps. 4. 111.
4. Every first line, Aristophanic, consisting of a choriambus, and bacchius or amphimacer: every second line, Choriambic Alcaic, consisting of epitritus secundus, two choriambuses, and a bacchius Hor. I. 8.
5. The first line, Trochaic, consisting of three trochees, and a cæsura; or of an amphimacer, and two iambuses. The second line, Archilochian Iambic, No 9. Hor. II. 18.
6. The first line, Hexameter; the second, Dactylic Archilochian, two dactyles and a cæsura, Hor. IV. 7.- -Buch. Ps. 12.
7. The first line, Iambic Trimeter; and the second, Iambic Dimeter; N° 11.-Hor. Epod. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.- -Buch. Ps. 3. 6. 10. 21. 22. 27. 34. 38. 39. 41. 44. 48. 53. 62. 74. 76. 79. 87. 92. 110. 112. 115. 120. 127. 133. 134. 139. 141.
8. The first line, lambic Dimeter; the second Sapphic, consists of two dactyles, a cæsura, and four iambuses, admitting also a spondee, &c. But this verse is commonly divided into two parts; the first, the latter part of a pentameter, N° 2. and the second, iambic dimeter, No 11. Hor. Epod. 11.
9. The first line, Hexameter; the second, Iambic Dimeter. Hor. Epod. 14, 15.-Buch. Ps. 81. 10. Hexameter and Iambic Trimeter. Hor. Epod. 16.—Buch. Ps. 2. 20. 24. 57. 60. 69. 83. 93. 95. 97. 108. 109. 118. 126. 136. 147.
11. The first line, Sapphic, No 5. and the second, Iambic Dimeter, N° 11. Buch. Ps. 8.
12. Sapphic and Glyconian. Buch. Ps. 33. 70. 121. 142.
13. Iambic Trimeter and Pentameter. Buch. Ps. 36. 63.
14. The first line, Hexameter; and the second line, the three last feet of a hexameter, with a long syllable or two short syllables before. Buch. Ps. 68.
15. Hexameter and Pentameter, or Elegiac verse. Buch. Ps. 88. 114. 137.
16. The first line, Trochaic, three trochees and a syllable, admitting sometimes a spondee, tribrachys, &c. The second line, Iambic Dimeter. N° 11. Buch. Ps. 100.
III. ODES and PSALMS of two kinds of verse, and three or four lines in each stanza.
1. The three first lines, Sapphic; and the fourth, Adonian, No 5. Horat, Carm. I. 2. 10. 12. 20. 22. 25. 30. 32. 38. II. 2. 4. 6. 8. 10. 16. III. 8. 11. 14. 18. 20. 22. 27. IV. 2. 6. 11. Carmen Secul. Buch. Ps. 5. 17. 51. 55. 65. 67. 72. 90. 101. 103.
2. The three first lines, Asclepiadean, and the fourth, Glyconian. Hor. Carm. I. 6. 15. 24. 33. II. 12. III. 10. 16. IV. 5, 12.- -Buch. Ps. 23. 42. 75. 99. 102. 144.
3. The two first lines, Ionic Trimeter, consisting of three Ionici minores; the third line, Ionic Tetrameter, having one Ionicus minor more. Hor. III. 12.
4. The two first lines have four trochees, admitting, in the second foot, a spondee, dactyle, &c. The third line, the same; only wanting a syllable at the end. Buch. Ps. 66.
5. The three first lines, Glyconian, N° 4, admitting also a spondee, or iambus, in the first foot; the fourth line, Pherecratian, No 6. Buch. Ps. 116. 122. 128.
IV. ODES and PSALMS of three kinds of verse, and three or four lines in each stanza.
1. The two first lines, Asclepiadean, N° 3, the third line, Pherecratian, No 6, and the fourth, Glyconian, No 4. Hor. Carm. İ. 5. 14. 21. 23. III 7. 13. IV. 13.--Buch. Ps. 9. 64. 84. 130.
2. The two lines, the Greater Dactylic Alcaic, No 8. The third, Archilochian Iambic, N° 9. The fourth, the Lesser Alcaic, N° 10. Hor. Carm. I. 9. 16. 17. 26. 27. 29. 31. 34. 35. 37. II. 1. 3. 5. 7. 9. 11. 13. 14. 15. 17. 19. 20. III. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 17. 21. 23. 26. 29. IV. 4. 9. 14. 15.-Buch. Ps. 7.11 15. 19. 30. 46. 50. 56. 58. 77. 82. 91. 123. 125. 140. 146.
3. The first line, Glyconian; the second, Asclepiadean; the third a spondee, three choriambuses, and an iambus or pyrrhichius. Buch. Ps. 16.
4. The first line, Hexameter; the second, Iambic Dimeter; and the third, two dactyles and a syllable; Hor. Epod. 13.Buch. Ps. 138. Sometimes the two last verses are joined in one or inverted; as, Buch. Ps. 145