Now take a Hamlet piece, observing that rearrangement of the lines, though in some cases possible, will not affect the argument. For you will never get them into exact decasyllabons. Neither will allowance of, or insistence on, slur help to bridge the difference, for there is nothing in the Gorboduc passage like genral or ignrant.
Here, there are two possible ways of scansion indicated by the straight and dotted lines respectivelythe one representing iambic-anapaestic with anacrusis, the other trochaic dactylic, but both far from the straight and direct iambic run. And so Amiens, in actually corresponding lines:
It is only necessary to add that an objection sometimes made, Oh! but these are different tunes, is quite beside the mark. The tunes may have been instrumental in suggesting prosodic arrangements; but the difference of the arrangements themselves remains. [ back ]