[Milton-L] "then" not "[then]"

James Rovira jamesrovira at gmail.com
Sun Sep 15 12:02:33 EDT 2013

Just curious, but was a three syllable pronunciation of "society" available
in Milton's day?

Jim R

On Sun, Sep 15, 2013 at 11:39 AM, J. Michael Gillum <mgillum at ret.unca.edu>wrote:

> As to the supposed twelve-syllable lines-- "Ta dum ta dum ta dum ta dum
> society" would be a hexameter in a hexameter context, or a pentameter in a
> pentameter context. The last syllable would be (or count as) a weak sixth
> beat in the hexameter, or a doesn't-count extra offbeat (feminine ending)
> in the pentameter. "Society" would count as four syllables in the hexameter
> and three syllables in the pentameter, by actual or theoretical elision of
> I and E. In the context of PL, the line is a pentameter. Obviously, the
> "satiety" line is the same case.
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