[1297-1368] A κομμός （see p. 9）. The Chorus begin with anapaests （1297 -1306）. The first words uttered by Oedipus are in the same measure （1307 -1311）. Then, after a single iambic trimeter spoken by the Chorus （1312）, （1） 1st strophe 1313-1320 = （2） 1st antistrophe 1321-1328; （3） 2nd strophe 1329 -1348 = （4） 2nd antistrophe 1349-1368. Oedipus here speaks in dochmiac measures blended with iambic; the Chorus, in iambic trimeters or dimeters only. The effect of his passionate despair is thus heightened by metrical contrast with a more level and subdued strain of sorrow. Compare Soph. Aj. 348-429, where the κομμός has in this sense a like character. Some regard the κομμός as beginning only at 1313; less correctly, I think. Its essence is the antiphonal lament rather than the antistrophic framework.
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