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  • Can anyone tell me what this means? I came across it in this quote: "If a favorite name is missing from my list, attribute the lack, not to an invidious distinction, but causa pro metrica." That's from a tribute to Frederic G. Cassidy on the DARE site.

    Amazingly, it's more or less a Googlewhack, as a search brings up only that tribute.

    February 21, 2008

  • I found "pro metrica" in a context that suggests it can mean "poet". Therefore, "causa pro metrica" might mean "poetic license".

    February 21, 2008

  • That makes sense, "causa pro metrica" could mean, "left out because of meter", meaning the poet left out specific information so that the poem would scan correctly.

    February 21, 2008

  • Thanks! It's so pleasant having a bunch of people smarter than myself to ask questions of. Wordie: the new mechanical turk!

    February 21, 2008