Abstract

This paper uses the first book of Ovid’s Amores to explore the rhythms created by the relationship between quantitative meter and word-accents in Latin elegiac poetry. The first part explains how my analysis of the word-accents in relation to the quantitative meter reveals a single basic rhythm underlying the whole of each hexameter and pentameter line. The second part of this paper gives some examples of how attention to this pattern and its variations can be applied practically to illuminate additional layers of meaning in Ovid’s poetry.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1558-9234
Print ISSN
0009-8418
Pages
pp. 199-217
Launched on MUSE
2013-03-07
Open Access
No
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