one of these feet is employed in prose, but those
which take a greater time to utter and derive a
certain stability from the length of their syllables
produce a weightier style, short syllables being best
adapted for a nimble and rapid style. Both types
are useful in their proper place: for weight and
slowness are rightly condemned in passages where
speed is required, as are jerkiness and excessive
speed in passages which call for weight.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1922.
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