"Do you know that he made this distich
against the Jesuits?"
Was it worth while, in short, noble Porthos, to heap so much gold, and not have even the distich
of a poor poet engraven upon thy monument?
Such rarae aves should be remitted to the epitaph writer, or to some poet who may condescend to hitch him in a distich
, or to slide him into a rhime with an air of carelessness and neglect, without giving any offence to the reader.
Your stool limps like one of Martial's distiches
; it has one hexameter leg and one pentameter leg."
...the perque usually manifests an anaphoric structure based on initial repetitions in the first line of each distich
. A strophic flourish (redondilla, quintilla) may introduce the rhyme pairs, or they may simply follow an initial verso suelto, the function of which is to generate the disparity between period and rhyme structure.
Volume I contains an introduction, a detailed discussion of the relevant East Frankish manuscripts, a clarification of editorial principles, and the edition itself, including the dedication and distich
. Volume II provides a 212-page commentary, as well as a list of virtually all the vocabulary used in the edition, an extensive bibliography, and a series of indexes.
In its distich
stanzas, the first line ends with the word "forest" every time, and the second rhymes internally.
A poem in which the second line of each distich
rhymes with the same letter.
Wesling put a lifetime of effort into trying to overcome this theoretical and practical limitation in poetic criticism (e.g., Chances, New Poetries, and Scissors), but like Vendler's theory of "inner form," what he arrived at in the end, his theory of "grammetrics," the "scissoring" of levels of syntax (word, phrase, clause, etc.) by levels of poetic form (half-line, line, distich
, stanza, etc.), which, as he claimed, can indeed produce effects of continuity/discontinuity, irregularity/regularity, hierarchy/equivalence, unexpectedness/expectedness, coherence/incoherence, is also partial and scattered.
While Mildred Budny has argued, in a careful analysis of the manuscript, that although Dunstan was not the original artist, he did embellish the distich
and the drawing, probably retouching it with ink, Michelle Brown regards this image as having been drawn by Dunstan himself.
In reality they are sung in a different way: in distich
, with a musical structure that stops at the end of the second line.
, known by all, expresses the sorrow brought on by reminiscence, which acts as a reminder of temporal and spatial separation.