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METRES OF CATULLUS,
ADAPTED AND ALTERED FROM VULPIUS' DIATRIBE
DE METRIS CATULLI.
The different species of verse employed by Catullus, are thirteen.
I. The hexameter, consisting of six feet, of which the first four are either spondees or dactyles, the fifth a dactyle and the sixth a spondee. In Catullus the fifth is not unfrequently a spondee. The following scheme presents the construction. cuuuuuu-uu-uuu
-- -- -- - - This is used alone, in Carm. 40 and 42.
II. The Pentameter, consisting of five feet, of which the first two are dactyles or spondees, the third a spondee, the last two anapaests. It is sometimes divided into hemistichia, or half verses, the first half consisting of two feet either dactyles