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Graves's prosody (forwarded query)

 
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2003 10:10 am    Post subject: Graves's prosody (forwarded query) Reply with quote

This query is being forwarded (rather late, I'm afraid) from the e-mail based discussion list, ROBERT-GRAVES at www.jiscmail.ac.uk, as it may be of interest to readers of these discussion boards:

"Is there a readily available analysis of Graves' metrics?
His lines work beautifully but the pattern underlying the
rhythms, especially in the shorter-lined poems, constantly
eludes me.
Thanks,
Geoff Hargreaves"

If you can help answer this enquiry or wish to take up the discussion please also copy your reply directly to Geoff at: geoffhar@SHAW.CA.

Best wishes

PatrickV
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Geoff Hargreaves
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2003 3:03 pm    Post subject: Graves Prosody Reply with quote

Thanks for promoting the question. I understand what Graves says about the verse of the blacksmith and the verse of the rower, and I believe I can detect which line of verse is which. And I also observe that he uses a pause or caesura to allow a switch from iambic to trochaic (or we could say, to maintain the iambic rhythm if the pause counts for a beat).

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