Real acting" is not the ability to observe syllabic precision (in this case, it is easy to imagine an eighteenth-century critic faulting Branagh for taking a hypermetrical
pause) but to make a story out of the silence.
Does not that hypermetrical
, falling syllable bring each observation to a clattering, clownish halt?
On this scansion line 8 remains anomalously hypermetrical
, and inescapably so, its first foot a great thumb or superdactyl with four slacks instead of the prescribed two; but this becomes the only special accommodation the prosodist has to make in these three stanzas.
The introduction of the hypermetrical
'leafy' into 1.