What looked easy there now seems hard work, not so plain after all but rather a matter of soldiering on--and, as the unwitting "nowise" homonym of the final spondee
puts it, a matter of presenting facts but eschewing the explanations that alone can make them tell.
Equally adept are the three spondees
, which underscore perhaps the poem's key phrases: "Long hov /ering" (4); "Save love" (12); and "poor trib / ute" (12).
In the conclusion to part 1, after the spell has taken effect and silenced her, Christabel's appearance (presumably because of a collapse in her inward being) deteriorates in shifting lines whose spondees
contract the four beat lines into three:
recognition threshold as a function of set size.
And iambic meter is NOT a simple succession of LH verse feet but includes triads (LLL), dactyls (HLL), and spondees
(HH) as well.
Indeed, in the very next sentence of this same note, Steele hints that a more tolerant view of pyrrhics and spondees
is also found in a piece in David Baker's anthology; if so, I would certainly like to hear more about it.
There are runs of dactylic rhythm ([GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] with synizesis, [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], and some attempt seems to be made to end sentences with spondees
, molossi, or still longer sequences of long syllables [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]).
So what if sex, religion, politics, history and personal identity are treated as secondary to spondees
, adjectives and enjambments?
Verses consisting entirely of spondees
were sung or chanted by the ancient Greeks during performance of a libation, and from such hymns the foot took its meaning.
Night is therefore preferable, and also provides an unforced rhyme, and makes all four elements of the first two lines into English monosyllables, so that the lines become two pairs of spondees
, and Blok's simplicity and regularity are respected.
First, she employs the tripping trochaic seven- or eight-syllable line approximating Greek Anacreontic meter in English, freely varying it as in the spondees
announcing Juno's "[f]ull white arm-sweep"--presented from the alarmed fly's vantage point (WEBB 2:1.
Whereas in an iambic context anapests and successions of unstressed syllables are associated with acceleration, spondees
and successions of stresses are associated with deceleration: