pmda wrote:Strangely enough this page (see link) also scans the first line as split with a caesura.
Arma vi/rumque ca/no// Troi/ae qui/ primus ab/ oris
- u u/ - u u / - // -/ - - / - u u / - -
He says that a hexameter always has 5 dactyls and 1 spondee.
This is generally true, but not completely.
Are you saying that there is a CHOICE as to where a caesura will go??!!! Wouldn't this have a huge impact on the scansion of surrounding words??!! Don't caesura cut a foot in to two..?
pmda wrote:Taking the caese of a pentameter (see below) we have (in Orberg's answer book (cap XXXIV)) the following.
Sed male cum recitās, incipit esse tuus.
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It seems that if you don't know where the caesura goes and were simply scanning according to the rules..the '..tas͡ in' would form a spondee on its own. But you did say that the caesura in a pentameter always goes in the same place. Presumably that is 2 and a half feet into the line, yes? Do I have this right?
pmda wrote:Also I notice that though he gives 'ui' as a diphthong he marks it short in the word quis in the following line:
et dīves, quis enim potest negāre?
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