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  Introduction to Dactylic Hexameter
That is, it is impossible to conceive of an epic poem not composed in hexameters; and the hexameter rhythms, when heard, signal that the poem being recited is an epic of some sort.
The dactyl is therefore a snippet of rhythm that resembles, at least aurally, a finger.
The word hexameter also derives from Greek and essentially means "six metrons (or, to be precise, metra) in a row." In other words, a single epic verse consists of six successive dactyls, as Figure B shows.
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  Kids.Net.Au - Encyclopedia > Dactylic hexameter
The dactylic hexameter is a form of meter in poetry, or a rhythmic scheme.
The dactylic hexameter is traditionally associated with classical epic poetry, both Greek and Latin, such as Virgil's Aeneid.
Introduction to the dactylic hexameter (http://www.skidmore.edu/academics/classics/courses/metrica/) for Latin verse.
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 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Dactylic hexameter   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Dactyllic hexameter (also known as "heroic hexameter") is a form of meter in poetry or a rhythmic scheme.
The hexameter was first used by early Greek poets of the oral tradition, and the most comlete extant examples of their works are the Iliad and the Odyssey, which influenced the authors of all later classical epics that survive today.
The earliest example of the use of hexameter in Latin poetry is that of the Annales of Ennius, which established the dactyllic hexameter as the standard for later Latin epic.
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 Dactylic hexameter - Biocrawler   (Site not responding. Last check: )
It is traditionally associated with classical epic poetry, both Greek and Latin, such as Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid.
A dactyl is a collection of three syllables, the first long, the other two short; thus, the ideal line of dactylic hexameter consists of six (hexa) metrons or feet, each of which is dactyllic.
Typically, however, the last foot of the line is not a real dactyl, but rather a two-syllable spondee or trochee, i.e.
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 Gregory Nagy, 3. On the Origins of Dactylic Hexameter
Whatever the linguistic origins of substituting spondees for dactyls, it is possible to demonstrate from the internal evidence of epic hexameter that in certain respects the spondee is alien to the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th feet but not alien to the 1st.
Thus the proportion of dactyl to spondee in the 4th foot, 2.3 to 1, does not differ appreciably from the overall average for the first four feet of hexameter, which is, 2.6 dactyls to 1 spondee.
In short, the word-break patterns in sector Y of epic hexameter, uu-uu-uu-U, serve to show that it is by origin the locus of pherd formulas, but we must now shift from the standpoint of reconstruction to that of current dynamics in the Homeric composition of verses.
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  Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for hexameter
The most celebrated hexameter measure is dactylic, which was the meter for most Greek and Latin poetry.
In dactylic hexameter each foot may have a long syllable followed by two shorts, except the last, which has...
Prosody (of medieval Latin verse) in hexameter or elegiac meter with internal rhyme.
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  Science Fair Projects - Dactylic hexameter
Dactylic hexameter is a form of meter in poetry or a rhythmic scheme.
A dactyl is a collection of three syllables, the first long, the other two short; thus, the ideal line of dactylic hexameter consists of six (hexa) metrons or feet, each of which is dactyllic.
Introduction to the dactylic hexameter for Latin verse.
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 Spartanburg SC | GoUpstate.com | Spartanburg Herald-Journal
Hexameter is a literary and poetic form, consisting of six metrical feet per line as in the Iliad.
In the 17th century the iambic hexameter, or alexandrine, was used as a substitution in the heroic couplet, and as one of the types of permissible lines in lyrical stanzas and the Pindaric odes of Cowley and Dryden.
In the late 18th century the hexameter was adapted to the Lithuanian language by Kristijonas Donelaitis.
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 The Dispatch - Serving the Lexington, NC - News
Dactylic hexameter (also known as "heroic hexameter") is a form of meter in poetry or a rhythmic scheme.
In strict dactylic hexameter, each of these feet would be dactyl, but classical meter allows for the substitution of a spondee in place of a dactyl in most positions.
Hexameters also have a caesura, usually a word break, in one of several normal positions: after the first syllable in the third foot (the "masculine" caesura), after the second syllable in the third foot if the third foot is a dactyl (the "feminine" caesura), or rarely after the first syllable of the fourth foot.
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 Learn more about Meter (poetry) in the online encyclopedia.   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The most important Classical metre is the dactylic hexameter, the metre of Homer and Vergil.
The fifth foot is a dactyl, as it must be, with the ictus this time falling on a grammatically long vowel.
Rather, a line of dactylic pentameter follows a line of dactylic hexameter in the elegiac distich or elegiac couplet, a form of verse that was used for the composition of elegies and other tragic and solemn verse in the Greek and Latin world.
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 AllRefer.com - hexameter (Literature, General) - Encyclopedia
In dactylic hexameter each foot may have a long syllable followed by two shorts, except the last, which has only two syllables, the first being long; any of the first four feet may have two long syllables.
The origin of the dactylic hexameter is not known, but it appears first, and in its purest form, in Homer.
The mUrmuring pInes and the hEmlocks." A famous dactylic hexameter in English prose is in Isa.
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 hexameter. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
In dactylic hexameter each foot may have a long syllable followed by two shorts, except the last, which has only two syllables, the first being long; any of the first four feet may have two long syllables.
The origin of the dactylic hexameter is not known, but it appears first, and in its purest form, in Homer.
The múrmuring pínes and the hémlocks.” A famous dactylic hexameter in English prose is in Isa.
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 Information on Metrics
In dactylic hexameter, the fifth foot is normally a dactyl.
The second foot must be a dactyl and the third and fourth feet must be trochees; the fifth foot may be a trochee or a spondee, whereas the first foot may be a trochee, spondee, or iamb.
The meter in Catullus 62 and 64 is dactylic hexameter, the same meter used by all Greek and Roman epic poets.
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 Reading Hexametirc Rhyme Supports Cardiac Syncronization, Especially After A Heart Attack
The gist of this new research focuses on the hexameter, the poetic format unique to classical Greek and Roman epic poems like those found in the works of Homer and Virgil.
Note that the last foot is not a real dactyl, as it only consists of two syllables.
Three different exercises were compared using a cross sectional study design: recitation of hexameter verse, controlled breathing, and spontaneous breathing.
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 Burn-P0etry Newsletter: TIPS FOR THE NOVICE
Hexameter written in certain metric feet, particularly anapestic and trochaic, is rare.
Dactylic hexameter: "Faint was the air with the odorous breath of magnolia blossoms..." (FAINT was the
Dactylic is a more waltz-like meter, with its slow movement and dying fall.
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 FJ.org: a literary resource   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Hexameter written in certain metric feet, particularly anapestic and trochaic, is rare.
Dactylic hexameter: "Faint was the air with the odorous breath of magnolia blossoms..." (FAINT was the
Dactylic is a more waltz-like meter, with its slow movement and dying fall.
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 Dactylic hexameter
The dactylic hexameter is traditionally associated with classical epic poetry, both Greek and Latin, such as Virgil's Aeneid.
Note that the last foot isn't a real dactyl, as it only consists of two syllables, the first long, the second (called anceps) either long (the foot is called a spondee) or short (trochee).
Introduction to the dactylic hexameter (http://www.skidmore.edu/academics/classics/courses/metrica/) for Latin verse.
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 Dactylic hexameter   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The dactylic hexameter is traditionally associated with classical epic poetry, both Greek and Latin, such as Homer 's Iliad and Odyssey, and Virgil 's Aeneid.
The ideal dactylic hexameter consists of six (hexa) metrons or feet of called dactyl s (fingers).
Note that the last foot is not a real dactyl, as it only consists of two syllables, the first long, the second (called anceps) either long (the foot is called a spondee) or short (trochee).
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 Dactyl
In quantitative verse, such as Greek or Latin, a dactyl is a long syllable followed by two short syllables.
An example of dactylic meter is the first line of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem Evangeline, which is in dactylic hexameter:
The first five feet of the line are dactyls, and the sixth is a trochee.
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 "Dactylic Hexameter: Good for What Ails You" by Edward Willett
More specifically, much of the Odyssey (and its companion, the Iliad) is written in dactylic hexameter.
In practice, it's hard to keep this up, so it's considered acceptable to replace some dactyls with spondees, which are feet with two long syllables.
In each session, the subject performed a different exercise: reciting hexameter (repeating back phrases read to them by a researcher), controlled breathing at six breaths per minute (one breath per Mayer wave, in other words), or spontaneous breathing.
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 Homeric interpretation
The meter - or rhythm - used by Homer is dactylic hexameter.
Dactylic hexameter is not very frequently used in English, but it has occasionally been tried.
An interesting example of English dactylic hexameter is a poem by Charles Kingsley, entitled Andromeda - basically, this is the story of Perseus and Andromeda, given by H & P, p.
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 ACCENTUAL-SYLLABIC HEXAMETER IN ESTONIAN POETRY AT THE END OF THE 19TH CENTURY – THE BEGINNING OF THE 20TH CENTURY
The aim of the present paper is to analyse the structure of the Estonian accentual-syllabic hexameter of the second half of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.
It reveals that the prosody of hexameter is not necessarily in correspondence with the prosody of natural language.
The Estonian accentual-syllabic hexameter is prevailingly dactylic and thus the rhythmics is considerably different from that of ancient hexameter, yielding to the natural rhythmic impulse of the Estonian language.
www.kirj.ee /trames/tr-ab-5-1-05.htm   (222 words)

  
 Reading hexametric rhyme supports cardiac synchronization, especially after a heart attack
The ideal dactylic hexameter consists of six (hexa) metrons or feet called dactyls (fingers).
Some 20 healthy subjects without prior knowledge of the hexameter text used for the recitation were enrolled in the study.
The special breathing pattern used for the recitation of hexameter verse produced a strong cardiorespiratory synchronization with respect to low-frequency breathing oscillations and heart rate variations.
www.eurekalert.org /pub_releases/2004-07/aps-rhr071904.php   (856 words)

  
 Life and Homer - World of Biography
He has used the dactylic hexameter to compose his poems.
Dactylic hexameter means there are five dactyls followed by a sixth foot, which does not have to match with the rest of the line.
This style is regarded as one of the most beautiful meters of the Greek language as it is next to impossible to compose in English.
www.worldofbiography.com /9116-Homer/lifeandtimes3.htm   (783 words)

  
 Meter (poetry) - Information at Halfvalue.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The most important Classical meter is the dactylic hexameter, the meter of Homer and Virgil.
The first and second feet are dactyls; their vowels are grammatically short, but long in poetry because both are followed by two consonants.
Rather, a line of dactylic pentameter follows a line of dactylic hexameter in the elegiac distich or elegiac couplet, a form of verse that was used for the composition of elegies and other tragic and solemn verse in the Greek and Latin world, as well as love poetry that was sometimes light and cheerful.
www.halfvalue.com /wiki.jsp?topic=Meter_(poetry)   (2904 words)

  
 Haverford Archives: Inaugural Lecture
This discussion will require some old text-book definitions--like iamb and trochee, dactyl and spondee--that may be all too familiar to some of you, and raise dread memories of classroom experiences best forgotten for others; but I really do love this stuff and I constantly use it in my teaching and research.
Dactylic means that the rhythmical unit used--the metron or "foot"-- is "long-short-short", the so-called dactyl.
So dactylic hexameter is made up of six dactyls or spondees of which the final sixth foot must always be a spondee.
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