Two: Description of the Metres

 

2.21 Samavutta
(Samavṛtta)

The more popular of these fixed metres, Upajāti, Vaṁsaṭṭhā, Rucirā, and Rathoddhatā, and Svāgatā have been described in 2.8, 2.12, & 2.14 above.

Some others occur, which we may outline here:

Pamitakkharā (from gaṇacchandas):

⏔−¦⏑−⏑¦⏑⏑−¦⏑⏑× x4

Example: Lakkhaṇasuttanta (DN. 30. 2. 15):   

⏑⏑−¦⏑−⏑¦⏑⏑−¦⏑⏑−
Atha ce pi pabbajati so manujo,

−−¦⏑−⏑¦⏑⏑−¦⏑⏑−
dhammesu hoti paguṇo visavī

−−¦⏑−⏑¦⏑⏑−¦⏑⏑−
tassānusāsaniguṇābhirato,

−−¦⏑−⏑¦⏑⏑−¦⏑⏑−
anvāyiko bahujano bhavati.

 

Upaṭṭhitā:

−−⏑⏑−⏑⏑−⏑× (x 4)

Example: Ja 125 20-21 This is Warder's reference, given on page 221 of Pāli Metre, I have been unable to trace it.01

 

Dodhaka (an Āpātalikā even line repeated):

−⏑⏑−⏑⏑¦−⏑⏑−× (x 4)

Example: the last two verses of Kokāliyasutta (Sn III:10) (vs 677-8):   

−⏑⏑−⏑⏑¦−⏑⏑−−
Te gaṇitā viduhī tilavāhā,

−⏑⏑−⏑⏑¦−⏑⏑−−
ye Padume niraye upanītā

⏑⏑−⏑⏑−⏑⏑¦−⏑⏑−−
nahutāni hi koṭiyŏ pañca bhavanti, This line is irregular, we should exclude koṭiyo m.c., which then gives a normal line.02

−⏑⏑−⏑⏑¦−⏑⏑−−
dvādasa koṭisatāni punaññā. (Sn 677)

 

Other Metres: there are 3 others have not been named:

⏑⏑⏑−−× (x 4) (Th 381)

⏑−⏑−⏑−⏑−⏑− (x 4) (SN 1:14)

−−−−−⏑⏑⏑⏑−−× (x 4) (Th 111)