03 April 2006

Random Quotation

"The heart has its reasons which reason will never know." --Blaise Pascal

Usually translated as "The heart has its reasons whereof reason knows nothing," but I prefer the above translation. It just sounds better. Probably because it's pretty close to iambic pentameter.

(Here's a handy little poem by Coleridge that helps me keep feet straight:
Trochee trips from long to short
From long to long in solemn sort
Slow Spondee stalks - firm foot! but ill able
Ever to keep pace with Dactyl trisyllable.
Iamb goes from short to long,
With a leap and a bound the swift Anapests throng.
)

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