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Published on Aug 5, 2008
One of the saddest poems I've ever read. And also a good example of elegiac couplet, which is formed by combining an hexameter followed by a pentameter. The hexameter has the following scansion:
_ _ / _ _ / _ _ / _ _ / _ uu / _ _
And then a pentameter: _ _ / _ _/ _ // _ uu /_ uu / _
(_ = long, u = short, in some cases -look in Wikipedia or wherever- a long can be replaced by two shorts): So basically the poem is hexameter-pentameter-hexameter-pentameter-and-so-on. I learned latin independently, so the pronunciation, the rythm, the entonation and everything basically comes from what I understood studying with books and without receiving any kind of feedback. Therefore, I do not know if I am doing it right and will IMMENSELY appreciate your comments. Thanks! By the way, the drawings are by Gustave Doré and the music is by Edvard Grieg (Sonata for cello and piano in A minor, Op. 36, 2nd movement)