I found this a novel way of describing voices, using poetic terms.
Two small children: one voice dactyl, one voice spondee.
You’ll recall that a spondee, as its own internal rhythm suggests, is a tum-tum beat. A dactyl is a long foot followed by two hops, something I recall by exaggerating my emphasis in the word ‘DAC-tyl-ic’. See another example of the dactyl in Leigh Fermor’s comment on Hungarian.
Source: Lawrence Durrell, Reflections on a Marine Venus (London: Faber & Faber, 1960), p. 106
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