Monday, May 10, 2010

Vulpecula et Gallina (Desbillons)

SOURCE: For a complete edition of the fables of Desbillons, the 18th-century Jesuit scholar and poet, see GoogleBooks. This is fable 2.4. For parallel versions, see Perry 7.

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:

Vulpēcula domum ingressa gallīnāriam,
Sōlamque languentemque Gallīnam vidēns,
Exclāmat: Ō mea soror, salvane es satis?
Aegrōtō, ait illa: tū recēdās hinc tamen,
Mea soror, et mē habēbō iam meliuscule.
Bonōs iuvāre, cum abeunt, incipiunt malī.

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

Vulpēcula, domum gallīnāriam ingressa, gallīnam vidēns et sōlam et languentem, exclāmat: Ō mea soror, salvane es satis? Illa ait: Aegrōtō: tū tamen recēdās hinc, mea soror, et mē habēbō iam meliuscule. Malī, cum abeunt, incipiunt iuvāre bonōs.

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):

Vulpécula, domum gallináriam ingréssa, gallínam videns et solam et languéntem, exclámat: O mea soror, salváne es satis? Illa ait: Aegróto: tu tamen recédas hinc, mea soror, et me habébo iam meliúscule. Mali, cum ábeunt, incípiunt iuváre bonos.

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.

Vulpē·cula do·m~ ingres·sa gal·līnā·riam,
Sōlam·que lan·guentem·que Gal·līnam· vidēns,
Exclā·mat: Ō· mea so·ror, sal·van~ es· satis?
Aegrō·t~ ait il·la: tū· recē·dās hinc· tamen,
Mea so·ror, et· m~ habē·bō iam· melius·cule.
Bonōs· iuvā·re, c~ abe·unt, in·cipiunt· malī.

IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source) showing a fox at work:

What follows is an unmarked version of the prose rendering to faciliate word searches:
Vulpecula, domum gallinariam ingressa, gallinam videns et solam et languentem, exclamat: O mea soror, salvane es satis? Illa ait: Aegroto: tu tamen recedas hinc, mea soror, et me habebo iam meliuscule. Mali, cum abeunt, incipiunt iuvare bonos.

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