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09/18/07 Homeric epics oral literature emphasis on repetition (such as epithets and classic stories ) instead of novelty Syllabotonic meter (syllabic accentual system which emphasizes both syllables and accents) (Note: Stressed syllable /; Unstressed syllable _ ) Intro : Hexameter (six-measure of line) Binary meters (two syllables) Ternary meters (three syllables) Dactyl / _ _ Amphibrach _ / _ Anapestic _ _ / Iambic pentameter _ /_ /_ /_ /_ / Iambic _ / Trochaic / _ Caesura (a brief pause in a sentence) Homeric Dactylic Hexameter— Hexameter (six-measure of line) Dactyl / _ _ Homeric dactylic hexameter: six-foot lines (18 syllables /_ _ /_ _ /_ _ / _ _ / _ _ / _ _) Exceptions: Catalectic lines lacking a syllable at the end /_ _ /_ _ /_ _ / _ _ / _ _/ _ In this case, a spondees ( / / ) would replace the last discarded syllables (highlighted in red ). The use of epithets oftentimes has to do with the arrangements of the verse. Say, an epithet would be used in order to fit a catalectic line. Ancient Greek works focus on the
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