[Milton-L] Metrics of "And Tiresias and Phineus Prophets old."

Harold Skulsky hskulsky at smith.edu
Tue Mar 16 10:50:28 EDT 2010

>>It's a slightly aberrant rhythm, often used expressively, e.g. 'LOVE was NOT in their LOOKS, either to God.' 

This reasoning requires us to work hard to drum up an expressive purpose for stressing "and" in the line in question. And it requires us to suppose that a highly able Hellenist, armed with an illustrious classical precedent in a familiar iambic text, would feel himself obliged to defer to the Anglicizing practices of non-Hellenists.

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