Dzur and the cycle poem

Thu Oct 27 08:59:43 PDT 2005

On Thu, 27 Oct 2005, Steve Rapaport wrote:

> Pronouncing "Dzur"
> The Cycle <http://dragaera.wikicities.com/wiki/Cycle> poem is in
> tetrameter <http://tinablue.homestead.com/Prosody2meter.html> (*
> http://tinablue.homestead.com/Prosody2meter.html*),
> But: this line is an exception:
> *Dzur stalks and blends with night.*
> The only way the poem scans (that I can see) is if Dzur is pronounced
> TWO syllables, with the first one strongest, as in:
> "DEE-zur" STALKS and BLENDS with NIGHT ____

Some comments on poetry:

Formal poetry is seldom translated without structural or literal

Poetry in meter is seldom written without metrical variation.
It is rare to meet an perfectly regular iambic pentameter line,
for example, and there are variations so standard that they
aren't considered variant any more.  Variation is used to
avoid monotony and expressivly to indicate important words
or evoke whatever the poem is describing at the time.

We use an accentual-syllabic system today for the most part,
but there are other ways of expressing a poem's meter.
Classical meters for example used long and short syllables.
Dzur is a very long syllable and might be thought to take up
the same time interval as a standard foot.  This might
be an indication that Dragaeran prosody uses such a system.