Re: Poetry

From: Richard Wordingham Message: 18002
Date: 2003-01-23

--- In, "Glen Gordon" <glengordon01@...>
> >After you cited French at me, I thought you'd appreciate the
> >difference between masculine and feminine rhymes, and therefore the
> >dubiousness of cross-gender rhymes.

> The earliest Indo-European ("Indo-Anatolian") had animate and
> gender, not the masculine-feminine-neuter contrast. Therefore
> and *maxte:r are really the same gender, animate. But I think that's
> beside the point because it's the semantic pairing that matters.
> "Father" and "mother" form a natural pair in any language.

'Indo-Hittite', please! But what do we call the non-Anatolian branch
if we can't revert to calling it 'Indo-European'?

A masculine rhyme is one where the final syllable of each word is
stressed and the pair rhyme. A feminine rhyme is one where the
penultimate syllables are stressed and the rhyme covers both
syllables. The terminology comes from French, where it reflects the
usual loss of the final syllable in o-nouns (almost all masculine)
and its long retention in a-nouns (overwhelmingly feminine).

> >Rcihard.

> Oh, Richard, I'm disappointed in your spelling skills :(

I'm afraid my timing isn't very good.