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Pindaric Metre: The ‘Other Half’$
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Kiichiro Itsumi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199229611

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229611.001.0001

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Composition of Verses

Composition of Verses

(p.70) 8. Composition of Verses
Pindaric Metre: The ‘Other Half’

Kiichiro Itsumi

Oxford University Press

This chapter treats verses as a whole. First, topics common to both metres are discussed, including RSS (ratio of short syllables to long), which is one of the strongest criteria for classifying stanza-forms. Then combinations of phrases are discussed. Pindar shows distinctiveness in particular patterns of long and short syllables when he makes up verses of more than one phrase.

Keywords:   Pindar's distinctiveness, patterns, long syllables, short syllables, RSS

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