08-01-2015, 03:00 PM
I agree with all of the above, interesting question actually.
However, in more archaic terms, words ending in "-ed", although not often seen commonly now, were pronounced in two syllables, mainly utilized in stanzas of prose.
If you were to pronounce words like this in two syllables when using them in poetry, it makes it more versatile in the ways which it can be rhymed, as well as the space it takes up in a set-syllable verse.
All around the battle-ground were swords and arrows forged
Grim and bare indeed were the men that icy hour
The carrion-crows called bleakly while the winter fast approached
And with a solemn note the war-horn sounded in the tower.
If you read "forged" like how you usually say it, it doesn't rhyme with "approached", but if you read it as "for-ged", then it rhymes better with "approach-ed"
So there's a quick guide to syllabic pronunciation in prose and older works
Last edited by StarlingWings; 08-01-2015 at 03:09 PM.