Saturday, June 20, 2009
What's Hecuba to Him?
I do not know whether you are still interested in asyndetic privative adjectives, but I came across a few further examples:
Soph. Oed. Col. vs 1222
Eur Troades vs. 1186
Eur Helena, vs 1148
In her edition of Eur Hecuba, Justina Gregory says (p. 46): "strings of alpha-privative adjectives in asyndeton are a feature of both epic and tragedy", referring to verses 30, 416, 669, 691, 714. This makes the Hecuba a real Fundgrube.
But perhaps you are already familiar with many of these. Just a token of admiration for your blog!
Hans van der Hoeven
Thanks very much for the examples and the kind words I am indeed still interested in this topic. Four of these examples had escaped my attention, all from Euripides' Hecuba:
- 30 unwept, unburied (ἄκλαυτος ἄταφος)
- 416 without bridegroom, without wedding (ἄνυμφος ἀνυμέναιος)
- 691 without sigh, without tear (ἀστένακτος ἀδάκρυτος)
- 714 unutterable, nameless (ἄρρητ' ἀνωνόμαστα)
Arthur Hugh Clough, ἐπὶ Λάτμῳ:
As a lake its mirrored mountainsJ.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, III/6:
At a moment, unregretting,
Without preface, without question,
On the silent shifting levels
Shows, effaces and replaces!
Unmarred, unstained is leaf and land
In Dwimordene, in Lórien
More fair than thoughts of Mortal Men.