[Milton-L] Re: Memorization

Alanhorn3 at cs.com Alanhorn3 at cs.com
Fri Feb 27 00:57:10 EST 2004


An actor would do better to stick to natural English stress patterns. In any 
case, the possibility that a line may be performed with pauses and distorted 
phrasing would not affect its scansion.

Alan H

<<  Can we not imagine, in this dramatic circumstance, 
 "Never, never, never, never, never" being not only not all trochaic or 
 all iambic, but wildly syncopated, as in, spondee, trochee, (caesura,) 
 indeterminate trochee or iamb, iamb, pyrrhic?  There's "obviously" a 
 longish, dramatic pause between this line and the next, thereby 
 allowing, if not necessarily encouraging, such a wildly syncopated line. 
  Wild syncopation could well reflect the state of being of the 
 character.  And all of this does not consider the possible recourse to 
 quantity. >>


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