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[18] If this were prose, it would be possible to give the letters their true syllabic value. I may mention as further anomalies peculiar to poetry the lengthening of a short syllable as in Italiam fato profugus,1 or the shortening of a long such as unĭius ob noxam et furias;2 but in poetry we cannot label these as actual faults.

1 Aen. i. 6.

2 Aen. i. 45.

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