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Word Order in Greek Tragic Dialogue$
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Helma Dik

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279296.001.0001

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Back to the Trimeter

Back to the Trimeter

(p.168) 6 Back to the Trimeter
Word Order in Greek Tragic Dialogue

Helma Dik (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter looks at some of metrical characteristics of the iambic trimeter, concentrating on the line break, the strongest rhythmical boundary available to the poets. The interaction between clause and line is most evident at the line break, but similar phenomena can be observed at the midpoint of the line. The chapter illustrates the major ways in which Sophocles exploits the line break as a ‘chunking device’, to use the terminology introduced to Greek literature by Slings (1997).

Keywords:   iambic trimeter, line break, clause, Sophocles, chunking device, enjambment, Slings

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