Pīsō Ille Poētulus is a poetry novella, so don’t overlook the Poetry Audio Album as a classroom resource, or more importantly, to improve your own rhythmic fluency. If a picture is worth a thousand words, the audio is invaluable when it comes to “feeling” the rhythm of Latin poetry. You can get it on iTunes or Amazon.
This resource is not only designed to listen to with your students, but also for you to hone your own metrical skills! Each track on the audio album includes…
a) Piso singing his line of poetry
b) an English translation to [re]establish meaning
c) the line of poetry repeated to check comprehension
d) a slow version of just the rhythm to become more comfortable singing to a beat
e) the normal speed of just the rhythm to practice singing at Piso’s speed
f) the line of poetry repeated one last time
The audio album also includes two tracks of the entire Dē Versibus appendix; one with Piso singing, and one slowed down with just rhythms. Here’s a sample of the audio album.