Friday, May 7, 2010

Canis et Lepores Duo (Desbillons)

SOURCE: For a complete edition of the fables of Desbillons, the 18th-century Jesuit scholar and poet, see GoogleBooks. This is fable 1.26. This is not a fable in the classical corpus, but it is quite similar to the story of the lion who wants to chase two prey and loses both (Perry 286).

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:

Ūnum īnsecūtus in campō Leporem Canis,
Videt alterum; et eum similiter studet īnsequī:
Utrumque sed dum capere vult, neutrum capit.
Sibi ipsa semper aviditas nimia officit.

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

Canis Leporem ūnum in campō īnsecūtus, alterum videt, et similiter eum īnsequī studet. Sed dum utrumque capere vult, neutrum capit. Nimia aviditas ipsa sibi semper officit.

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):

Canis Léporem unum in campo insecútus, álterum videt, et simíliter eum ínsequi studet. Sed dum utrúmque cápere vult, neutrum capit. Nímia avíditas ipsa sibi semper ófficit.

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.

Ūn~ īn·secū·tus in· campō· Leporem· Canis,
Videt al·ter~ et e·um simi·liter· studet īn·sequī:
Utrum·que sed· dum cape·re vult,· neutrum· capit.
Sib~ ip·sa sem·per avi·ditas· nimi~ of·ficit.

IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source) showing two rabbits on the run:

What follows is an unmarked version of the prose rendering to faciliate word searches:
Canis Leporem unum in campo insecutus, alterum videt, et similiter eum insequi studet. Sed dum utrumque capere vult, neutrum capit. Nimia aviditas ipsa sibi semper officit.

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