Comparative Aesthetics

Comparative Aesthetics

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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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...upon the senses. In poetic form, it would lead to the use together of sounds allied rather than alike. For instance, b and / may be said to be allied, in the sense, too, of being consonant. They differ in that b has a preliminary sound, and p has none. But they are so nearly alike that the mind often confounds them, as is proved in the history of derivations; and so too does the ear, as is proved by the endeavor of a foreigner to imitate the pronunciation of a native word containing one of them. For the same reasons v and f also are allied and consonant; and so, though less clearly, are all four of these consonants--b, p, v, and/1 The same thing may be affirmed of d and t, of th (hard), and th (soft), and of all four; also of k (c hard or q) and g hard; of j (g soft) and ch soft; of m and, of / and r, of z and s, of zh and s/i, of the consonants y andy, also of y and long u. A succession of sounds thus allied is termed by Professor Sylvester, in his "Laws of Verse," phonetic syzygy. To confirm what has been said, notice that, in the following, /, b, v, and f have almost the same effects as alliteration, but without any suggestion of artificial mechanism such as might result were these letters identical: Not to us is given to share The boon bestowed on Adam's race. With patience bide, Heaven will provide The fitting time, the fitting guide.--From "The Monastery "; Scott. Round thee blow, self-pleached deep, Bramble roses faint and pale.--A Dirge: Tennyson. I '11 frown and be perverse, and say thee nay So thou wilt woo, but else not for the world.--Romeo and Juliet, ii., 2: Shakespeare. His love was an eternal plant Whereof the root was fixed in virtue's ground, The leaves and fruit maintained with beauty's sun.--Henry VI, more

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