R: Re: Morae (was: Re: Lurkers, poetic forms)
|Date:||Monday, May 8, 2000, 12:30|
> But far odder IMHO is the situation in Classical Latin. Latin had a
> stress-based word accent & one would expect that to be the basis of its
> verse rhythms. In the early Latin 'Saturnian verses' this was so (I know
> the details are not entirely clear & there are controversies, but the
> general consensus of opinion is that the rhythm comes from the naturalword
> stress of spoken Latn); in Late Latin, stressed rhythm appears again &
> remained the norm in popular verse right throughout the Middle Ages.
E.A. Poe invented a new way to calculate stresses in Classical Latin poetry,
which retains the normal accent of words.