previous next


Two "pause-extra-syllables"  

Two extra syllables are sometimes allowed, if unemphatic, before a pause, especially at the end of the line. For the details connected with this licence see 467-9, and 494, where it will be seen that verses with six accents are very rare in Shakespeare, and that therefore the following lines are to be scanned with five accents. “Perúse | this létter. | Nóthing | almóst | sees míracles.Lear, ii. 2. 172. “Múst be | a fáith | that réa | son wíth | out míracle.Ib. i. 1. 225. “Like óne | that méans | his pró | per hárm | in mánacles.Coriol. i. 9. 57. “Was dúke | dom lárge | enóugh: | of témp(o) | ral
róyalties.Tempest, i. 2. 110. “I dáre | avóuch | it, sír. | What, fíf | ty fóllowers!Lear, ii. 4. 240. “You fóol | ish shép | herd, whére | fore dó | you fóllow
her?A. Y. L. iii. 5. 49. “Of whóm | he's chíef, | with áll | the síze | that vérity.Coriol. v. 2. 18.Ely. Inclíne | to ít, | or nó. |
Cant. He séems | indífferent.Hen. V. i. 1. 72. “As íf | I lóv'd | my lítt | le shóuld | be díeted.Coriol. i. 9. 52. “Why, só | didst thóu. | Come théy | of nó | ble fámily?Hen. V. ii. 2. 129. “That né | ver máy | ill óff | ice ór | fell jéalousy.Ib. v. 2. 491. “That hé | suspécts | none; ón | whose fóol | ish hónesty.Lear, i. 2. 197. “Withín | my tént | his bónes | to-níght | shall líe
Most líke | a sóld | ier, órd | er'd hón | (ourablý.J. C. v. 5. 79. Compare “Young mán, | thou cóuld'st | not díe | more hón | (ourable.Ib. v. 1. 60.

If "ily" were fully pronounced in both cases, the repetition would be intolerable in the following:-- “Cor. But whát | is líke | me fór | merlý. |
Men. That's wórthily.Coriol. iv. 1. 53. “The rég | ion óf | my héart: | be Ként | unmánnerly.Lear, i. 1. 147. “Lóok, where | he cómes! | Not póp | py nór | mandrágora.Othello, iii. 3. 330. “A's you | are óld | and réverend, | you shóuld | be wíse.” Lear, i. 4. 261. “To cáll | for récompense: | appeár | it tó | your mínd.” Tr. and Cr. iii. 3. 8. “Is nót | so ést | imable, próf | itáb | le neíther.” M. of V. i. 3. 167. “Agé is | un-néc | essary: ón | my knées | I bég.” Lear, ii. 4. 157. “Our múst | y sú | perflúity. | Sée our | best élders.” Coriol. i. 1. 230.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: