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
Less common, in fact, is Huygens's use here of nemo as a trochee instead of a spondee
, though that not without classical precedent (Cf.
How do we scan line 16 at the end of the second stanza: two iambs plus an anapest ("And I have not had my part") or a sequence of anapest, pyrrhic, spondee
("And I have not had my part": a "haven't" in Victorian stays)?
is sonically pleasing--blunt and snub and thudding just when the effect is called for--it makes for a more compact epithet than the literal "god who is master of the sea," or "potent god," and it connotes the nautical in a way that Horace's potenti does not, perhaps to make amends for "seem'st fair.
In each trial, the two spondees
are presented, one to each ear, such that the first syllable of the first spondee
is presented in quiet in one ear and the second syllable of the first spondee
overlaps the first syllable of the second spondee
in the opposite ear.
The auditory perception ability of the two groups was evaluated using the spondee
Dactyls, feet and spondee
are terms used in discussing which art form?
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.
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