Greek and Latin Medieval Syllabic Verse
6 Greek and Latin Medieval Syllabic Verse
- A History of European Versification
M. L. Gasparov
- Oxford University Press
This chapter describes what happened in the phonological changes during the 3rd century ad in Greek and Latin languages, where opposition of long and short syllables was lost. This chapter talks about how Medieval Greek and Latin syllabic verses developed into classical Greek and Latin quantitative metrics. This development had very important consequences for the whole of medieval European versification. Changing from classical feet metrics to the less constrained medieval syllabic rhythms required compensation, called rhyme, to consolidate the unity of verse lines. The Middle Ages often indulged in sonorous rhyming schemes in metrical poetry until Renaissance came and poets returned to more rigorous imitation of classical models.
syllabic verse, medieval European versification, classical feet metrics, rhyme, Renaissance
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