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Unread 03-24-2021, 10:10 AM
Julie Steiner Julie Steiner is offline
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Duncan, that may explain why I only got a B- in that course.*

(Yep, Sappho used short syllables sometimes in that position. But line-ending syllables in many classical meters are generally reckoned "long by position" even if they are short, so I don't know if that would be considered a true anceps.)

* Kidding--I got a B- in that course for other reasons, and I think the professor was being very generous.

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Unread 03-24-2021, 09:55 PM
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Kevin Rainbow Kevin Rainbow is offline
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I have a system called the "Q & C System", where Q (quatrain) and C (couplet) are used as the main units and + is used for almost anything additional. When using this approach, a lack of rhyme is simply indicated by a different type or no specification of any rhyme.

For example,

Shakespearean Sonnet:

3Q1C1 (three type one quatrains and a type one couplet)

If for some reason the final couplet didn't rhyme, you indicate it as a different type - a couplet that doesn't rhyme:

3Q1C2 (three type one quatrains and a type two couplet)



(A type two quatrain with an additional line whose rhyme matches the first rhyme.)

If for some reason the final line didn't rhyme, to represent that you simply omit a specification of what the rhyme is:


No specification indicates no rhyme.


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