Thursday, August 22, 2019

Fragments from a Writing Desk: Who remembers ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE? WELL, ACCEN...

Fragments from a Writing Desk: Who remembers ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE? WELL, ACCEN...:        Parthenope--All together now: “Accentuate the Antepenultimate”        In his review of the Northwestern-Newberry Edition TH...
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Here's another poetic use of Parthenope in Melville's time, to go with others cited by Hershel Parker on Fragments from a Writing Desk. From Bulwer's Glenaveril; Or, The Metamorphoses by Edward Bulwer Lytton:
And still the Siren's song, thro' scented airs.
Lulls with delightful spells the tideless sea
In whose embrace sleeps blue Parthenope.  --Book 1, Canto 1, stanza 68
As Hershel points out, John Walker gave the rule, "Accent the Antepenultimate" syllable when pronouncing OPE words like Penelope or Parthenope.


And Noah Webster incorporated "Walker's Key to the Classical Pronunciation of Greek, Latin, and Scripture Proper Names" in, for instance, An American Dictionary of the English Language (New York, 1841).

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