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Of the 32 verses containing rhymes in Table X., but four verses are exceptions to the rule of an increase of intensity on the rhyme.  There are two cases of double, alternating rhymes where it is doubtful if the subject actually felt one of the alternating rhymes.  This increase of intensity on the rhyme is not confined to that particular syllable or foot; often, as indicated by the italics, the influence of the accent makes itself felt earlier in the verse.

TABLE X.

INTENSITIES OF IAMBIC TETRAMETER WITH END RHYME (SHOWING INCREASED
INTENSITY OF THE RHYMING SYLLABLE).  ALSO AVERAGE LENGTH OF THE FIRST
THREE SONANTS, TOGETHER WITH THE LENGTH OF THE LAST SONANT.

Intensities.  Average length
of first 3 Length of last
sonants. sonant.
\/ — \/ — \/ — \/ —
Mc. —­ 5 —­ 5 —­ 4 —­ 5 19 27
—­ 4 —­ 4 —­ 4 —­ 11a 34
—­ 4 —­ 4 —­ 4 —­ 7 21
—­ 4 —­ 5 —­ 3 —­ 8a 23

—­ 6 —­ 6 —­ 5 —­ 6 19 22 —­ 8 —­ 7 —­ 6 —­ 10a 34 —­ 4 —­ 3 —­ 4 —­ 5 26 —­ 3 —­ 5 —­ 4 —­ 5a 30
2 3 5 4 4 5 6 7a 29 34 2 3 3 4 2 4 2 7b 48 1 2 3 2 2 2 1 4a 35 2 3 3 3 2 3 4 5b 20
—­ —­ —­ —­ —­ —­ —­ —­a            25            40
3  4  4 14  3  4  5  5b                        39
2  3  1  2  2  3  1  3a                        25
1  3  2  2  1  3  3  5b                        43

Ha. 6 15 9 12 3 10 4 16 No increase in length.
3 5 3 7 3 5 5 15a
1 15 1 5 4 6 2 9
4 5 2 5 1 5 2 14a

2 6 4 8 1 6 5 11a No increase in length. 1 7 5 7 3 6 7 11b 2 5 2 6 2 6 4 12a 1 5 1 5 2 6 3 15b 33 38
4 9 5 9 1 3 6 9a 25 33 2 8 5 6 4 5 5 10b No increase in length. 2 5 2 5 2 5 5 11a 1 5 2 5 5 10 2 12b 32 34

The evidence of an increased intensity on the rhyme is not so positive in the case of rhymes in the third foot.  Among the rhymes in the second foot there is but one exception.  The rhymes in the second and third feet were never given very satisfactorily by several of the subjects.  The rhymes within the verse determine a climax in the foot in which they occur, and all the verses follow this well-defined type.  It is interesting to note, in studying the phonographic record, that in verses in which the

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