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Department
Greek
Course
GRK202H1
Professor
Jonathan Tracy
Semester
Winter

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The Dactylic Hexameter Definitions: Each verse has six foots, and each foot usually is a dactyl. Found in Homer’s poetry (eg. Illiad, Odyssey) Adactyl= DUH duh duh Aspondee= DUH DUH Atrochee= DUH duh Note: The very last syllable of each verse can be either a long syllable or a short syllable. Foots one to five can be either a dactyl or a spondee (but foot number five is usually a dactyl) Foot number six will only be either a spondee or a trochee. You mark each individual foot by means of a slash. The Iambic Trimeter Definitions: Each verse is composed of three metra, and each metra is composed of two iambs. Found in tragedy (eg. Aeschylus’, and Euripedes’plays) An iamb= duh DUH Note: The first syllable of each metra can be either a long syllable or a short syllable. The very last syllable of each verse can be either a long syllable or a short syllable. You mark each individual foot by means of a slash. How to Identify Syllables as Long or Short Long syllables: any diphthong (eg. ou, ei) any long vowel (eg. omega, eta, long alpha, long I, long upsilon) Short syllables: e and o short alpha, short I, short upsilon Note: oi and ai sometimes count as short syllables there are r
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