Metrics Interactive Demo
Interactively query a sample metrical corpus.
Here you can query a small sample corpus to get some idea of the metrical analysis
capabilities of this system. The sample corpus consists of a single work, Aratus
Phaenomena, counting about one thousand hexameters, which produce about
141,000 observations. Real-world corpora include much more authors and works for
several thousands lines, using any verse design.
Warning: the data shown here are for demonstrative purposes only and
were generated by a beta version of my 3rd generation system, so it might be the case
that there are still some issues.
These pages allow you to query this corpus for any combination of all the observed
phenomena. To build your query, add one or more clauses to
it, connecting them with logical operators. Each clause refers to a single observed
phenomenon (e.g. elision, hiatus, metrical laws, wordend positions, etc.); a phenomenon
can be positional (when it can occur in several positions in the same line, like
hiatus) or not (when it occurs by definition zero or one times for each line: e.g.
Hermann's law in the hexameter).
Also, each phenomenon typically has a set of types
and each type a set of subtypes: for instance, hiatus can be of type prosodical (+pros)
or non-prosodical (-pros); and each type has 6 different subtypes:
internal with vocalic aspiration (i+h), internal without vocalic aspiration (i-h),
final in false wordend with vocalic aspiration ((ff+h)), final in false wordend
without vocalic aspiration (ff-h), final in true wordend with vocalic aspiration (ft+h),
final in true wordend without vocalic aspiration (ft-h).
When building your clause you must thus select a phenomenon and optionally specify
type, subtype and position: for instance, you might want to see only prosodical, non-internal
hiatus after the second longum, and so forth. You are free to select any combination of types,
subtypes and positions for each phenomenon, and to combine any number of such clauses
in your query.