Wednesday, December 24, 2014


More Hexameters Consisting of Words in Asyndeton

Greek Anthology 5.51 (tr. W.R. Paton):
I fell in love, I kissed, I was favoured, I enjoyed, I am loved; but who am I, and who is she, and how it befel, Cypris alone knows.

ἠράσθην, ἐφίλουν, ἔτυχον, κατέπραξ᾿, ἀγαπῶμαι·
    τίς δέ, καὶ ἧς, καὶ πῶς, ἡ θεὸς οἶδε μόνη.
The first line, a hexameter, consists entirely of a series of verbs in asyndeton.

Greek Anthology 5.135 (an address to a wine-jar; tr. W.R. Paton):
Round, well-moulded, one-eared, long-necked, babbling with thy little mouth, merry waitress of Bacchus and the Muses and Cytherea, sweetly-laughing treasuress of our club, why when I am sober are you full and when I get tipsy do you become sober? You don't keep the laws of conviviality.

στρογγύλη, εὐτόρνευτε, μονούατε, μακροτράχηλε,
    ὑψαύχην, στεινῷ φθεγγομένη στόματι,
Βάκχου καὶ Μουσέων ἱλαρὴ λάτρι καὶ Κυθερείης,
    ἡδύγελως, τερπνὴ συμβολικῶν ταμίη,
τίφθ᾽ ὁπόταν νήφω, μεθύεις σύ μοι, ἢν δὲ μεθυσθῶ,
    ἐκνήφεις; ἀδικεῖς συμποτικὴν φιλίην.
The first line, a hexameter, consists entirely of a series of vocative adjectives in asyndeton.

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