Yes, this is totally how poetic scansion works.


4 thoughts on “Syllables

  1. My high school Latin left me years ago. What does the quote mean? Leave “scansion” to me; I’ll look that one up. Thanks,

  2. It’s from the beginning of The Aeneid. “I sing of arms and a man, who first [came] from the shores of Troy.” (Google Translate did a surprisingly good job.)

  3. Yikes. I had to recite this for a Dramatic Interpretation contest for JCL in high school. Somehow the words got jumbled though, since the next phrase I can still pick out from the forgotten reaches of memory is the ‘interea magno misceri…’ bit.

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