[Milton-L] Re: Memorization

Jesse Swan swanjesseg at netscape.net
Fri Feb 27 00:59:34 EST 2004

Which dialect, at what moment in time, is the natural English stress 
pattern?  What scansion, conducted by which scanner, is the natural 
scansion?  An actor would do best, perhaps, to impersonate his 
character, drawing on the cues made available by prosody, among many 
other cues, which may well effect a proper scansion of an individual 
line, in a play.


Alanhorn3 at cs.com wrote:

>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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Jesse G. Swan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
University of Northern Iowa
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