The even tone has two variations differing from each other only in pitch; the oblique tone has three variations, known as "Rising, Sinking, and Entering." In a seven-syllable verse the odd syllables can have any tone; as regards the even syllables, when the second syllable is even, then the fourth is oblique, and the sixth even.
There is also a break or caesura which in five-syllable verses falls after the second syllable and in seven-syllable verses after the fourth.
It is quite certain that he could not read Latin, so that all that he put into verse
had to be taught to him by some more learned brother.
It is said that when Homer had recited these verses
, they were so admired by the Greeks as to be called golden by them, and that even now at public sacrifices all the guests solemnly recite them before feasts and libations.
In the last paragraph of the Prologue, verse
7, Zarathustra gives us a foretaste of his teaching concerning the big and the little sagacities, expounded subsequently.
"And to begin," continued La Fontaine, following up his idea, "I will go and burn a hundred verses
I have just made."
But with successive Latin, Medieval, and Renaissance writers in verse
and prose the country characters and setting had become mere disguises, sometimes allegorical, for the expression of the very far from simple sentiments of the upper classes, and sometimes for their partly genuine longing, the outgrowth of sophisticated weariness and ennui, for rural naturalness.
I am of opinion it should not be burned, but that it should be cleared of all that about the sage Felicia and the magic water, and of almost all the longer pieces of verse
: let it keep, and welcome, its prose and the honour of being the first of books of the kind."
After my day's work at the case I wore the evening away in my boyish literary attempts, forcing my poor invention in that unnatural kind, and rubbing and polishing at my wretched verses
till they did sometimes take on an effect, which, if it was not like Pope's, was like none of mine.
When they came to recite their lessons, not one of them knew his verses
perfectly, but had to be prompted all along.
On the salver lay some verses
composed and printed in the hero's honor.
which affect us to-day with a vivid delight, and which delight, in many instances, may be traced to the one source, quaintness, must have worn in the days of their construction, a very commonplace air.