Pain is always by the side of joy, the spondee
by the dactyl.
The abbe, who was quite innocent of Latin, nodded his head, in cadence, at every roll which La Fontaine impressed upon his body, according to the undulations of the dactyls and spondees
Dactyls, feet and spondee
are terms used in discussing which art form?
Indeed if stress is relative, then a spondee
is, to use Wimsatt and Beardsley's phrasing, "illusory," because "it is impossible to pronounce any two successive syllables in English without some rise or fall of stress--and some rise or fall of stress is all that is needed for a metrical ictus" (158).
The "dark men" spondee
emphasizes aurally this shift in attitude.
But the line again picks up momentum with the spondee
(the double heartbeat of "forward"), only to again be slowed down by two dactyls ("running in place when it").
"a 1 day" is a strong rhythmic interruption doubled with the alliteration in "silver strife" and yet softened by its sibilants.
Swinburne wrote of Browning, "Actually the writer has made three long heavy full syllables--equivalent properly to a spondee
and a half serve as equivalent to a single anapest.
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Another possibility is that Lewis thought at the time that a spondee
closing a line could be substituted for two iambic feet; cf.
13) As Fantham points out, 'Augustus' is a molossus, admissible in Horatian lyric unless it is nominative before an initial vowel, or vocative, while 'Caesar' is an easy spondee
, and dactylic in ablative or genitive before a vowel (Caesaris aras).
The verse form that evolved to narrate Greek epic poetry is the dactylic hexameter: five dactyls, for which a spondee
may substitute, and a final spondee
or trochee in the last foot.