Sunday, May 2, 2010

Ova Aurea (Desbillons)

SOURCE: For a complete edition of the fables of Desbillons, the 18th-century Jesuit scholar and poet, see GoogleBooks. This is fable 2.15. For parallel versions, see Perry 87.

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:

Quod lūcrum habētur in manibus, hoc saepius
Habendī plūra cupiditāte āmittitur.
Habēbat aliquis ōva parientem aurea
Gallīnam: homo meus hanc aurō plēnam ratus
Caedit, aliīsque Gallīnīs similem invenit.

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

Hoc lūcrum, quod in manibus habētur, saepius āmittitur, habendī plūra cupiditāte. Aliquis gallīnam habēbat, ōva aurea parientem. Homo meus, ratus hanc aurō plēnam, caedit, et aliīs gallīnīs similem invenit.

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):

Hoc lucrum, quod in mánibus habétur, saépius amíttitur, habéndi plura cupiditáte. Áliquis gallínam habébat, ova aúrea pariéntem. Homo meus, ratus hanc auro plenam, caedit, et áliis gallínis símilem ínvenit.

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.

Quod lū·cr~ habē·tur in· manibus,· hoc sae·pius
Haben·dī plū·ra cupi·ditā·t~ āmit·titur.
Habē·bat ali·quis ō·va pari·ent~ au·rea
Gallī·n~ homo me·us hanc· aurō· plēnam· ratus
Caedit,· aliīs·que Gal·līnīs· simil~ in·venit.

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

What follows is an unmarked version of the prose rendering to faciliate word searches:
Hoc lucrum, quod in manibus habetur, saepius amittitur, habendi plura cupiditate. Aliquis gallinam habebat, ova aurea parientem. Homo meus, ratus hanc auro plenam, caedit, et aliis gallinis similem invenit.

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