[*] 619. Other forms of Iambic verse are the following:— [*] a. The Iambic Tetrameter Catalectic ( Septēnārius ). This consists of seven and a half iambic feet, with diæresis after the fourth and with the same substitutions as in Iambic Trimeter:—
- nam idcírcō arcés|sor, nū´ptĭā´s || quod mī ádpărā´|rī sē´nsĭt.
- quĭbus quĭ´dĕm quam fă´cĭ|lĕ pŏ´tŭĕrát || quĭē´scī sī hī´c |quĭē´ssĕt !
- —Ter. And. 690, 691.
- —Vicar of Bray.
- dīcă´t ĕam dă´rĕ | nōs Phórmĭō´|nī || nū´ptum nē´ | suscē´nsĕă´t;
- et mă´gĭs esse íl|lum ĭdō´nĕúm, || quī ipsī´ sitfă´mĭ|lĭā´rĭō´r.
- —Ter. Ph. 720, 721.
- The Iambic Dimeter Acatalectic consists of four iambic feet. It is used in combination with some longer verse (see § 618. a).
- The Iambic Dimeter Catalectic consists of three and a half iambic feet. It is used only in choruses:—
[*] Note.--Owing to the fact that in modern music each measure begins with a downward beat, some scholars regard all these forms of Iambic verse as Trochaic verse with anacrusis (§ 618. c. N.).