Its wrenched accents and slurred syllables sometimes appear absolutely unmetrical
, but it seems that Donne generally followed subtle rhythmical ideas of his own.
Long's suggestion of jubara is not only unnecessary but also unmetrical
. Yet it highlights the problematic nature of using Long's translation to interpret Williams' poem: not only is the historian Long hostile to Williams, he is also an incompetent translator and interpreter of his Latin ode.
(8) That is, the metrical configurations of goldsele gumena and nacod ni[??]draca would respectively be / \ x / x and // \ (both of them unmetrical
) if resolution under secondary stress were not applied to the former instance and if it were not suspended in the latter.
Whereas several strands of generative metrics continue to uphold the notion of correct performance, any divergence from which is thereby "unmetrical
," Tsur's more nuanced claim that "a rhythmical performance is a perceptual solution to a perceptual problem posed by the conflicting patterns of language and versification" opens the question as to which kinds of text (and which kinds of reader) produce significant rhythmical diversity--where diversity itself, so far from being a sop to "undecideability," can be formalized.
Q1's "'twixt heaven and earth" might be defended as meaning that Ophelia was suspended in the water between the sky above and the mud of the river bottom, the idea being more neatly encapsulated in Q2's "muddy death" where Q1 has the unmodified "death." But it is hard to believe that Shakespeare ever composed, as a forerunner to the Queen's lyrical masterpiece, an unmetrical
speech in which Ophelia was sitting on a willow branch, which broke so that she fell into a brook but remained in a seated posture ("there she sat") while floating and singing with a smile on her face, before sinking and drowning.
He preserves almost all the original spellings in his transcription, including the retention of final 'e's even where ungrammatical and unmetrical
, and is in general conservative in his adoption of the emendations of past editors, or, occasionally, his own.
But there is the danger that they will cast free verse indelibly as postregular (postmetrical) (or in the French case, post-libere) rather than as prototabular (postlinear) and that, in so doing, they will encourage us to think of free verse as unmetrical
, or non-metrical, rather than as demetrified.
he has fallen, it appears, under the dangerous influence of Whitman, and writes many poems in unmetrical
sprawling lengths that, in his hands, have nothing to commend them" (111-112).
(5) As You Like It and Tamburlaine are both misquoted (52, 82) in ways that make their blank verse unmetrical
, and a letter from Martin Slater offering 'an astonishing 500 [pound sterling] for highway maintenance' in exchange for permission to finish building the Red Bull appears to have been misinterpreted (72).
And an unmetrical
line bumbles and bumps, reminding me of a rider not quite in sync with his horse.
Thom's text is sensibly conservative and he endeavours to preserve the reading of the Farnese codex wherever possible, only adopting the more necessary corrections or modifications (hence he follows Wachsmuth in correcting the manuscript's aido to aeido, instead of opting for Ursinus'aeiso in line 6, and prefers Scaliger's pantessi instead to Mosheim's kai pasi for the unmetrical
pasi in line 3).