Atrium: Iambic Meters


Iambic Meters

The Senarius, or iambic trimeter, contains six feet (or 3 measures of two iambic feet). Pure Iambic meter was rarely used, and a variety of meters can be substituted in the first, third and fourth feet in the place of iambs.

The following is a translation (English into Latin) from Edward Fitzgerald's Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam:

Digitus Movens The Moving Finger
Digitus movens inscribit; et scribens, abit:
Pietas nec omnia tua nec facetiae
Versiculus ut tollatur istum recipient,
Nec omniae lacrimae tuae verbum eluent.
The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.
 

Here's an iambic trimeter inspired by Catullus (VIII).

Valete Musae
Valete Musae, iam poetae desinunt.
Nec, fonte dessicante, vates imbibunt.
Quas invocabunt, iamdudum non invocant.
Latina Musa, postea quis audiet?
Quis scribere audet? Cui liber donabitur?
Quem cras juvabis? Cuius ars probabitur?
Quis instruetur? Aut quis inspirabitur?
Dum tu, poeta, posteram famam petis,
Inusitata lingua mox famem feret.


 

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