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R: Re: Morae (was: Re: Lurkers, poetic forms)

From:Mangiat <mangiat@...>
Date:Monday, May 8, 2000, 12:30
Ray wrote:
> 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 natural
> 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. Luca