[Milton-L] Query on scansion

Nancy Charlton charltonwordorder1 at gmail.com
Sun Sep 15 00:27:18 EDT 2013


I was thinking the same thing, except I would liken it to a quarter-rest in music, with perhaps a fermata on "me". This to me has better rhetorical logic, particularly if the line is left stark without the emendation "then."

Nancy Charlton 

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On Sep 14, 2013, at 8:32 PM, "Salwa Khoddam" <skhoddam at cox.net> wrote:

> 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
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> With me? How can they [then] acquitted stand (10.827)
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> Greg Machacek
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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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