9-18-2007 - Hexameter comes from greek to measure 6. the...

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Hexameter – comes from greek – to measure 6. the measurement of 6 lines. Used to measure dactyl. Homer – dactyl Iambic pentameter – example of syllabotonic meter Unit – tells us how many syllables in given unit Iamb – 2 syllables - unstress syllable / stressed syllable Binary meters – 2 syllables in poetic foot How many given letters in the line Ternary – 3 syllables _/_/_/_/_/ - iambic __/ anapestic _/_ amphibrachic /__ dactylic – are what show up in epic hexameter lines Catalectic - /__ 4 + troncaic Every /__/__/__/__/__/__/__/__ except for the fifth can be replaced by // or spondee Ancient greek – uses syllables according to length – short long or long short Hamlet – to be or not to be – every 2 syllables are emphasized Meterical base to all epithets That is how the long hair Achilles is separated from brilliant Achilles Counting the number of syllables in stress Lost track of text after time Relates back to homer Oral literature – changes over time Homer – not from literature culture
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This note was uploaded on 06/20/2011 for the course WRT 102 taught by Professor Frost during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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