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This heterometric mix of octosyllables and quadrisyllables not only adheres to a general logic of what Murat identifies as the "litterarisation de la metrique du chant" but also anticipates a distribution of meters characteristic of the "grands poemes satiriques et politiques de 1871," from "Chant de guerre parisien" to the texts of the Album zutique (81-82).
In the Middle Ages, octosyllables were the standard form for didactic, narrative, and epistolary verse in Occitan, as in French.
According to my work on rococo meter, the alexandrine, decasyllable and octosyllable combination is a favorite in rococo heterometrical poetry (Nell-Boelsche 243).
In the first section we have two monarhyme quatrains of octosyllables (I assume the omission of a line at the beginning), followed in the second by a monorhyme quatrain of heptasyllables.
In Connecticut JOHN TRUMBULL , whose wit had been directed against collegiate follies in The Progress of Dulness (1772-73), pointed it now toward Tories and mob-directed rebels in the deft octosyllables of M'FINGAL (1772-82), which became, perhaps after the ubiquitous
19) But the repetitions can cover more than just rhyming hemistichs: three times, in the middle of a battle, we find two entire octosyllables, introduced by a line that varies according to the context:
It is very unlikely indeed that he had to turn the pages of a manuscript of Claris in order to select, between lines 14000 and 29000, the two or three octosyllables he would be needing.
The lyric sequences in Piramus et Tisbe, with their use of disyllables and monorhymed octosyllables, also generate a fascinating, although necessarily speculative, suggestion that this text may hint at the original form of that genre which repeatedly defies definition: the Breton lay.
At around the same time that Marie was "assembling" her Lais,(13) an anonymous nun of Barking composed a Vie d'Edouard le Confesseur, based on Aelred's Vita Sancti Edwardi regis et Confessoris, in 6685 octosyllables (between 1163 and 1170, according to its editor).
Laforgue uses octosyllables uniformly, though, as often in his verse, a certain flexibility is needed to make the count.
If this insistance on the plays' theatrical vitality encourages more actual productions, then it will have admirably served its purpose, though potential producers may feel the suppleness and verve of the original octosyllables to be more effective in performance.
At around the same time that Marie was "assembling" her Lais, (13) an anonymous nun of Barking composed a Vie d'Edouard le Confesseur, based on Aelred's Vita Sancti Edwardi regis et Confessoris, in 6685 octosyllables (between 1163 and 1170, according to its editor).
Passage (a) consists of isosyllabic octosyllables with metrically unordered word-accents (its runs of juxtaposed accented (////) and unaccented (vvvv) syllables violate the principle of foot-based alternating word-accent), while passage (b) has lines of varying lengths (8,6,7,10: it violates the isosyllabic rule) but with rule-governed alternation of word-accent within the syntactical unit.
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