The English Prosody; with Rules Deduced from the Genius of Our Language, and the Examples of the Poets

General Books, 2013 - 72 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ... would inculcate; but not sufficient to illustrate the subject fully. I will close by referring to some authors, whose general examples in this respect, are worthy of imitation. In Watts we have an example in which the rules of propriety are generally exemplified. His verse was generally of the lyric kind, which his subjects generally required; his style was simple, his words and thoughts adapted to the subjects, and his numbers generally corresponding to the sense. In these respects he surpassed some who are considered his superiors. But, in the proper adaptation of their numbers, as also in some other respects, our best poets are generally not deficient. In Young we have another example of propriety. In his several poems, his Night Thoughts, his epic verse, his satires, and his lyric verse, his numbers are different in each, and in each generally well adapted to the subjects. Milton, in his epic verse, is generally majestic in style, and with numbers adapted to the sense, more so in his epics, than in his other poems. In Shakespeare we have some examples which have never been surpassed, in the proper adaptation of his numbers; especially so in some of his tragedies. In Dryden, Pope, Parnell, Goldsmith, Scott, Gray, and others, we have some examples of numbers adapted to the subjects, generally, on which they wrote. In Gray's well known Elegy we have an example of elegiac numbers; and in some of our writers, male and female, we have some examples of lyric numbers. In Cowper's monologue, purporting to be written by Selkirk, during his solitary abode on the Island of Juan Fernandes, bewailing his lonely situation, the numbers are adapted to the subject, being pensive and pathetic. In Scott we have an example of a good genius, verse...

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