Dactylic Hexameter…

As I began writing, I realized that I required a specific format consistent with that of the Hellenic Epic Poet, Homer.  Astromythos was meant to carry on the tradition of my ancient forefathers by creating a new, original mythology foretelling of the final stages in the Greek mythological cycle and the human race at the end of time.  The use of Homer’s dactylic hexameter augmented the bridge built by my stories between ancient Greek mythology and the mythology of mankind’s future.

The hexameter row, or “foot” is measured in six (hexa) consecutive “fingers” (dactyls).  Dactyls 1 – 5 are composed of one long, stessed syllable and two short syllables.  The final dactyl, or sponde, follows with 2 long, stressed syllables.  The short hexameter lines form a vertical column, and this is an ideal layout for a book such as Astromythos with illustrations and right sided footnotes.

This really helped create the atmosphere I wanted for my vision.  Although Astromythos is set eons into the future, I wanted its aesthetic and its rhetoric to be ancient.  The setting of Astromythos is hidden so far away in time that it is no more foreign to us than our shrouded primeval past.  The contrast is deliberate.  This cyclical theme is one of many time motifs in my universe.  I wanted to establish the concept of eternity, the notion that nothing ever comes or goes, in all things dead and alive.  We may not know what lies ahead, at the end of the infinite void – it may just be nothing at all.  But we must push ourselves forward without looking back, or be consumed.


~ by jsideriadis on October 11, 2011.

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