PYRRHIC : In classical Greek or Latin poetry, this foot consists of two unaccented syllables--the opposite of a spondee . At best, a pyrrhic foot is an unusual aberration in English verse, and most prosodists (including me!) do not accept it as a foot at all because it contains no accented syllable. Normally, the context or prevailing iambs, trochees, or spondees in surrounding lines overwhelms any potential pyrrhic foot, and a speaker reading the foot aloud will tend artificially to stress either the first or last syllable. See meter for more information.
Once your students have seen the inadequacy of both current formulas, push them to rethink the relation of politics and religion in the early Republic. You might suggest that the natural religious language of the Declaration served as a neutral expression acceptable to all denominations rather than a deist creed precisely because a tradition of natural theology was shared by most Christians at the time. Deist phrases may thus have been a sort of theological lingua franca , and their use by the founders was ecumenical rather than anti-Christian. Such ecumenical striving sheds fresh light on the first amendment and the secular order it established. This secularism forbade the federal government from establishing a national church or interfering with church affairs in the states. However, it did not create a policy of official indifference, much less hostility toward organized religion. Congress hired chaplains, government buildings were used for divine services, and federal policies supported religion in general (ecumenically) as does our tax code to this day. The founding generation always assumed that religion would play a vital part in the political and moral life of the nation. Its ecumenical secularity insured that no particular faith would be excluded from that life, including disbelief itself.
Radcliffe were solid to start but the rainstorm just before kick-off had created a slick surface and the chances created were proving to be tricky to put away. Several times the boys had a bit more time than they thought and rushed to shoot with it going wide of the target. From their first real chance of the game, Ruddington had a spot of luck and their player made a direct run on goal with the ball ping-ponging off three defenders and falling perfectly for him to slot home for 0-1 (16). Radcliffe weren’t too worried though as the chances were still coming thick and fast and quite soon Ollie Skinner managed a nice touch around the edges to Ollie Jones-Wilkinson to slot home for 1-1 (20). All square then and the momentum shifted a little further in Radcliffe’s favour. There followed a good spell of play with Jack Willis and Morgan Roberts showing nice touches in the centre and a few exquisite through-balls saw really good chances again but not quite. Ruddington could have sneaked another near the end but Harvey Woodward pulled off a great save with his foot to keep scores level. Fin Jackson was brought on with 5 minutes to go and this change seemed to shake things up just enough to make the difference. With time running out it was role reversal and Ollie Jones-Wilkinson this time flicked the ball on for the tenacious Ollie Skinner to slot home for 2-1 (39) and Radcliffe had their noses in front at last. Five minutes into the second half George Arrowsmith broke through the back line and took his chance coolly past the keeper for 3-1 (52). The game now became a little one-sided but Radcliffe weren’t taking their chances as well as usual or it could have been a hat-full. George was replaced by Ollie Skinner up front and almost immediately had another – his trademark skill of getting a foot in just before the keeper collected and 4-1 it was (63). He’d equalled his brace from the first game and was showing how versatile a player he is. Radcliffe were awarded a penalty and Ollie Skinner stepped straight up and coolly slotted into the corner for a hat-trick and 5-1 (66)!