[Milton-L] Query on scansion

Salwa Khoddam skhoddam at cox.net
Sat Sep 14 23:32:17 EDT 2013


But how can these nine-syllable lines be scanned as unmetrical?? If we include pauses when they are spoken, it seems to me they scan quite regularly. For instance, a pause after the question mark in this line (10.827).
Salwa
Salwa Khoddam PhD
Professor of English Emerita
Oklahoma City University
skhoddam at cox.net
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  With me? How can they [then] acquitted stand (10.827)



  Greg Machacek
  Professor of English
  Marist College


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  I don't recall who made the observation but a line of just nine syllables, a truncated line, appears just where Eve suggests to Adam they might choose to remain childless in order to limit to their own persons the Woe otherwise destined now for all generations of their progeny.

  Perhaps someone could locate the line (I'm away from my desk at the moment)...
  I think that not a few editions of PL have rejected the nine syllable line as unmetrical, which it most certainly is, and have replaced it with a line that will scan.
  -Carl


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