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[115] Further it is not so important for us to consider the actual feet as the [p. 573] general rhythmical effect of the period, just as the poet in writing a verse considers the metre as a whole, and does not concentrate his attention on the six or five individual feet that constitute the verse. For poetry originated before the laws which govern it, a fact which explains Ennius' statement1 that Fauns and prophets sang.

1 Enn. Ann. 213.

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