Monday, April 19, 2010

Camelus et Iupiter (Desbillons)

SOURCE: For a complete edition of the fables of Desbillons, the 18th-century Jesuit scholar and poet, see GoogleBooks. This is fable 3.7. For parallel versions, see Perry 117.

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 iambic meter. You will find materials for all of these options below. :-)


VERSE MACRONS. Here is the verse text with macrons:

Camēlus ōlim fortis pertaesus suae
Conquestus est, armārī taurum cornibus;
At sēsē inermem cēterīs animālibus
Obiectum: cornua ergō sibi concēderet,
Iovem rogāvit. Deus at īrātus precēs
Audīre ineptās, nōn recūsāvit modo,
Sed curtārī etiam voluit aurēs bestiae.
Fortūnā vīvat quisque contentus suā.



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

Camēlus ōlim fortis suae pertaesus conquestus est taurum cornibus armārī; at sēsē inermem animālibus cēterīs obiectum: ergō Iovem rogāvit cornua sibi concēderet. At Deus īrātus, nōn recūsāvit modo precēs ineptās audīre, sed etiam voluit aurēs bestiae curtārī. Quisque contentus Fortūnā suā vīvat.


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):

Camélus olim fortis suae pertaésus conquéstus est taurum córnibus armári; at sese inérmem animálibus céteris obiéctum: ergo Iovem rogávit córnua sibi concéderet. At Deus irátus non recusávit modo preces inéptas audíre, sed étiam vóluit aures béstiae curtári. Quisque conténtus Fortúna sua vivat.


IAMBIC METER. Here is the verse text with some color coding to assist in the iambic meter. The disyllabic elements (iambs/spondees) are not marked, but the trisyllabic elements are color-coded: dactyls are red, anapests are purple, and tribrachs are green (as is any proceleusmaticus, although that is a rare creature); for more information, here are some Notes on Iambic Meter.

Camē·lus ō·lim for·tis per·taesus· suae
Conques·tus est,· armā·rī tau·rum cor·nibus;
At sē·s~ iner·mem cē·terīs· animā·libus
Obiec·tum: cor·nu~ er·gō sibi· concē·deret,
Iovem· rogā·vit. Deus· at ī·rātus· precēs
Audī·r~ inep·tās, nōn· recū·sāvit· modo,
Sed cur·tār~ eti·am volu·it au·rēs bes·tiae.
Fortū·nā vī·vat quis·que con·tentus· suā.



IMAGE. Here is the illustration of the fable (image source) by Francis Barlow:


What follows is an unmarked version of the prose rendering to faciliate word searches:
Camelus olim fortis suae pertaesus conquestus est taurum cornibus armari; at sese inermem animalibus ceteris obiectum: ergo Iovem rogavit cornua sibi concederet. At Deus non recusavit modo iratus preces ineptas audire, sed etiam voluit aures bestiae curtari. Quisque contentus Fortuna sua vivat.

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