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For questions about elision, a phenomenon that removes certain vowels at word boundaries in poetry.

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Is it possible that elision is sometimes just attraction?

I'm sorry for the improper use of notation and lack of terminology, but I know very little about meters. There is this famous hymn in Catholic liturgy called Veni Creator [Spiritus]. AFAIK, it follows ...
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What is the behaviour of liaisons and elisions over a caesura?

I'm currently composing a Latin poem, which I'm writing in Alcmanian strophes. The dactylic tetrameter is not usually thought of as having a caesura, so my question pertains mostly to the hexameter ...
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Did poets elide across consonants?

I have a definite recollection that Plautus, Ennius, or some other early poet had a tendency to elide across a word-final S, as in (made-up examples) domus et → dom'et and domus est → domu'st. If ...
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Which words never elide?

I know the vocative ō doesn't elide with a following word in Latin, though it can elide with a preceding one. For example, Catullus LXI.39: dicite "o Hymenaee Hymen…" For metrical reasons, this ...
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Were the rules for elision in old Latin more lenient than in classical Latin?

Note: As any reader of the below answer will realise, it turned out I was completely wrong when trying to identify the metre discussed below. Due to this error, assumptions about elisions were made, ...
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Do Crashing Vowels Disqualify Words?

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 ...
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When did elision fall out of use?

In classical Latin word-final vowels before initial vowels were elided also in prose, not just in poetry. However, I am under the impression that elision is not (intended to be) used in contemporary ...
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Why is "atque" preferred over "ac" before a vowel?

Why is atque preferred before a vowel? Isn't the -e just asking to be elided there (in ordinary speech, not just poetry)? Why not just go with ac?
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Omission of elision in Aeneis I.405?

I ran into this hexameter verse by Vergilius when researching for an answer to another question: et vera incessu patuit dea. Ille ubi matrem (Aeneis I.405) The only way I can scan that verse is ...
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How were elided vowels pronounced by the Romans?

When I scan a verse, I simply leave out elided vowels: I don't pronounce them at all. But I've heard theories that the Romans did pronounce them, but just as very short vowels of half a syllable's ...
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Why is elision more common than synizesis?

In classical poetry, if two vowels are next to each other (without a consonant in between), there are two ways to avoid the collision: Elision removes one of the vowels when the vowels meet at a word ...
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Was elision specific to verse in classical Latin?

The rigid poetic meters used by ancient poets strongly indicate that elision is done (almost) every time one word ends in a vowel and the next one begins with another — with the usual exceptions ...
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When can I perform an elision?

I've been reading poetry lately and sometimes, the meter just doesn't make sense. Now, I know that elision is a thing, but I don't know the rules. When can I elide letters? Are there any hard-and-fast ...
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