It is not, however,
necessary to go back further than three feet, and
only that if the feet contain less than three syllables,
for we must avoid the exactitude of verse: on the
other hand, we must not go back less than two:
otherwise we shall be dealing with a foot and not
with rhythm. But in this connexion the dichoreus
may be regarded as one foot, if indeed a foot consisting of two chorei can be considered as a single foot.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1922.
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