I started this blog in 2012—holy moly nearly a decade ago!—as a place for ideas about Latin poetry. At the time, I didn’t have much else to share besides what I knew on an abstract level about meter, and rhythm. My attention turned to understanding a bit of second language acquisition (SLA) as I began teaching. Therefore, I shifted the focus of this blog to sharing more practical language teaching ideas. Needless to say, poetry took a back seat. Still, I kept presenting on meter at Classical conferences. At these conferences, I learned that poetry didn’t make sense to a lot of Latin teachers, and I started lending a hand in what I began calling “rhythmic fluency,” sharing materials, and adding them to a tab here on the blog. I pretty much left that alone for years. It’s time for a reboot…
My latest metrical work was published with the student experience first and foremost in mind—that is, for pleasure reading and enjoyment, and nothing didactic. I’m now connecting with students via poetry in a different way, unlike the more analytical approach of 2012. It follows, then, that rhythmic fluency resources should be updated as such. For example, you won’t hear me talk much about syllables much anymore—blasphemy!—but instead, “long” and “short.” Rhythm is a tricky thing to teach. It’s certainly better felt than taught, although you can be shown how to feel it. That’s what the updates are about. But first…
This answer has changed over time. I’ll just say “why not?!” In my case, it’s something I know and share with students. If you know a bit about coins, share that with yours. Granted, I’ll maintain that most kids are more likely to connect to music & rhythm than coins, but that’s not the point. It’s not anyone’s place to tell you not to share your understanding and love for coins (or whatever) anymore than it is when it comes to me and poetry. It doesn’t matter if you dabble in dactyls or not. That’s my thing, though, so if you do, or you want to, the updated rhythmic fluency resources here based on Magister P’s Poetry Practice will help. Head on over to the rhythmic fluency tab, and while you’re at it check out the new book:
Ain’t got rhythm? This book can help. You’ll be presented with one rhythm and two words, phrases, or patterns, one of which matches the rhythm. There are three levels: Noob, Confident,and Boss, with a total of 328 rhythms to practice. This book draws its vocabulary entirely from ecce, poēmata discipulīs!, the book of poetry with over 270 lines of dactylic hexameter. Perhaps a first of its kind, too, this book can be used by students and their teacher at the same time. Therefore, consider this book a resource for going on a rhythmic journey together. Use this during independent reading time! Quiz yourself on rhythms! Play a team game as a whole class! Most of all, feel the rhythm of Latin, and enjoy developing your rhythmic fluency! You can develop rhythmic fluency from just reading, although the approach is more natural and effective when combined with the audio.
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- 5-pack combo with ecce poēmata discipulīs! + both audio downloads
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- Digital Audio
2021 Production Schedule
Over the last five years or so, I’ve published a new book just about every few months. However, 2021 has a LOT of content that’s finished aside from illustrations, including two debut non-Roman books, so I want to be sure to give Pisoverse readers the heads-up: there will be four more books coming out, about one each month. So, expect the following books to become available sometime in their planned month:
September: Olianna et obiectum magicum (non-Roman)
Olianna is different from the rest of her family, and finds herself excluded as a result. Have you ever felt that way? One day, a magical object appears that just might change everything for good. However, will it really be for the better? Can you spot any morals in this tale told from different perspectives?
– 12 cognates + 12 other words
– 1000 total length
October: diāria sīderum (non-Roman)
Not much was known about The Architects—guardians of the stars—until their diaries were found in dark caves sometime during the Tenth Age. Explore their mysterious observations from the Seventh Age (after the Necessary Conflict)—a time just before all evidence of their existence vanished for millennia! What happened to The Architects? Can you reconstruct the events that led to the disappearance of this ancient culture?
– 30-50 cognates + 30-50 other words
– 1000-3200 total length
November: Mārcus et scytala Caesaris
Marcus has lost something valuable containing a secret message that once belonged to Julius Caesar. Even worse, it was passed down to Marcus’ father for safekeeping, and he doesn’t know it’s missing! As Marcus and his friend Soeris search Alexandria for clues of its whereabouts, hieroglyphs keep appearing magically. Yet, are they to help, or hinder? Can Marcus decipher the hieroglyphs with Soeris’ help, and find Caesar’s secret message?
– 20? cognates + 30? other words
– 1400? total length
(currently being written)
December (OK fine, probably January): mȳthos malus: convīvium Terregis
Although an obvious nod to Petronius’ Cena Trimalchionis, this is not an adaptation, by any means. In this tale, Terrex can’t get anything right during his latest dinner party. He’s confused about Catullus’ carmina, and says silly things left and right as his guests do all they can to be polite, though patience is running low. With guests fact-checking amongst themselves, can Terrex say something remotely close to being true? Will the guests mind their manners and escape without offending their host?
– 41 cognates + 56 other words
– 2600 total length