The Art of Reading and Writing English; Or, the Chief Principles and Rules of Pronouncing Our Mother-Tongue [&C]

The Art of Reading and Writing English; Or, the Chief Principles and Rules of Pronouncing Our Mother-Tongue [&C]

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1722 edition. Excerpt: ...that it must be so universally, and that it is absolutely necessary to give this fort of Sound Sound to every Line in Poesy, and to lay a Stress upon every second Syllable; whereas there is a great deal of just Liberty and Variation, which Poesy allows in this Cafe, without destroying the Harmony of the Verse: and indeed it adds a Beauty and Grace to the Poetry, sometimes to indulge such a Variety, and especially in the first and second Syllables of the Line. But for want of this Knowledge, most People affect to read Verse in a very different manner from Prose; and they think it not sufficient to place a common Accent, but lay a very hard and unnatural Stress on every other Syllable; and they seem to stop and rest on it, whether the natural Pronunciation of the Words will allow it or no. By this means they give a false and wretched Accent to many Words, and spoil good English, to make it sound like Verse in their Opinion. In short, they would not only read the Song, but give it a Tune too. Let Let the following Instance be given, wherein one of these mistaken Readers will be guilty of this Fault in a shameful Degree J: J ' Note, I have placed the Accents in this Example, not where they ought to lie, but where such a common Reader would place. them. Jngels invisible to Sense, Spreading their Pinions for a Shield, Jre the brave Souldiers left 'Defence, JPhen Camions in long order jhall dispense" 'terrible Slaughter round the Field. What an hideous Harmony doth this Stanza make on the Lips of such a Pronouncer! The great and general Ride therefore of reading TLnglifh Verse, is to pronounce every Word, and every Sentence, just as if it were Prose, observing the Stops with great Exactness, and giving each Word and Syllable its due and more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236578376
  • 9781236578372