Thursday, January 7, 2010

Gratiam referendam: Ciconia et Pulli Eius (Alciato)

SOURCE: The emblems of Alciato, with a convenient bilingual presentation online at Memorial University, and a marvelous collection of illustrated editions at Glasgow. This is emblem 30 in the collection. It is not traditionally part of the Aesopic corpus, this this type of moralizing animal lore has much in common with the Aesopic tradition.

READ OUT LOUD. Choose which marked text you prefer to practice with - macrons in verse form, or macrons in prose order, or accent marks in prose order, or focusing on the meter. You will find materials for all of these options below. :-)


VERSE MACRONS. Here is the verse text with macrons:

Āëriō insignis pietāte cicōnia nīdō,
Investēs pullōs, pignora grāta fovet.
Tāliaque expectat sibi mūnera mūtua reddī,
Auxiliō hōc quotiēs māter egēbit anus.
Nec pia spem sobolēs fallit, sed fessa parentum
Corpora fert humerīs, praestat et ōre cibōs.


PROSE MACRONS. Here is the same text with macrons written out in prose word order:

Cicōnia, pietāte insignis, pullōs investēs, pignora grāta, āëriō nīdō fovet, et mūnera tālia expectat sibi mūtua reddī, quotiēs māter anus hōc auxiliō egēbit. Et sobolēs pia spem non fallit, sed humerīs parentum corpora fessa fert, et ōre cibōs praestat.



STRESS (ACCENT) MARKS. Here is the prose text with accents, plus some color-coding for the words of three or more syllables (blue: penultimate stress; red: antepenultimate stress):

Cicónia, pietáte insígnis, pullos invéstes, pígnora grata, aërio nido fovet, et múnera tália expéctat sibi mútua reddi, quóties mater anus hoc auxílio egébit. Et sóboles pia spem non fallit, sed húmeris paréntum córpora fessa fert, et ore cibos praestat.



ELEGIAC COUPLET METER. Below I have used an interpunct dot · to indicate the metrical elements in each line, and a double line || to indicate the hemistichs of the pentameter line.

Āëriō insignis pietāte cicōnia nīdō,
Inves·tēs pul·lōs, || pignora· grāta fo·vet.
Tāliaque expectat sibi mūnera mūtua reddī,
Auxili~· hōc quoti·ēs || māter e·gēbit a·nus.
Nec pia spem sobolēs fallit, sed fessa parentum
Corpora· fert hume·rīs, || praestat et· ōre ci·bōs.


IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source).



What follows is an unmarked version of the prose rendering to faciliate word searches:
Ciconia, pietate insignis, pullos investes, pignora grata, aërio nido fovet, et munera talia expectat sibi mutua reddi, quoties mater anus hoc auxilio egebit. Et soboles pia spem non fallit, sed humeris parentum corpora fessa fert, et ore cibos praestat.

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