Is it not possible to elide the i of odi and still have a spondee? ala ōd' ēt ā mǎ. quǎmodus.irrealis wrote:I don't see how to get a spondee in the first foot -- if you don't elide the i of odi the next syllable will be short, which can't happen.
Ah. I didn't know that. I never put a serious effort into learning the quantities of words, I should really do that.modus.irrealis wrote:The e of et, though, is short
Thank you very much for your quick response.modus.irrealis wrote:and since the following word begins with a vowel it can't be "long by position" either. So the first two syllables are long - short and therefore the next one has to be short, so you get a dactyl.