In Q: "Contra felicem vix deus vires habet" - Need advice on replacing the word "Felicem"; suggested that "felicem" be replced by "audacem". Thanks to Hugh who indicated the elision requirement for the clash of vowels "a", in "contra-audacem", giving "contr' audacem". Alternatively, one "a" can be bracketed: "contr(a) audacem"; marking that it is to be barely pronounced, if at all. Neither of these elisions would help the tattoo.
Asked if such circumstances would disqualify the use of "audacem". Thanks to Draconis who was not sure; but, advised that a poet can use hiatus to make the meter work. This, I think, means that elision can be omitted when a word, ending in a vowel, has a special emphasis (Allen & Greenough 612-615).
Would "contra" hold "a special emphasis"; or, should the word "audacem" be replaced by e.g. "fortem"?