Sonnets on the Sonnet; An Anthology

Sonnets on the Sonnet; An Anthology

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...mournful music shows That the scorn'd sonnet's charm may yet endear Some long deep strain, or lay of well-told woes Such as in Byron's couplet brings a tear To manly cheeks, or o'er his stanza throws Rapture and grief, solemnity and fear. Ebenezer Elliot. To Thomas Bailey Aldrich, On His Sonnets Delightful troubadour, on whatso theme You choose to link your dainty thoughts together, Within the ' sonnet's scanty plot' they gleam Like gay-winged birds confined with silken tether. There, in your fancy's glow, to me they seem To sing like soaring larks in summer weather, Or nightingales that thrill the rose's dream With moonlight song while love thrills every feather. You, Camoens, by the Tagus' golden strand, You, in Hesperia, learned Boccaccio, And he who Laura lauded day and night, Hafiz, Firdousi, and Saadi, in Samarcand Or Ispahan, had crowned with praise, I know; In Albion, Daniel;--such sweet rhymes you write. II Sonnets do not spring up like wild-wood flowers, O'er the green grass, and brown, dead leaves thick-strewed In fair perfection, when the cold and rude Snow-storms give place to Ver's reviving showers. Artfully-framed, they tax a poet's powers, And are no product of a lucky mood, But slowly-wrought as nests are, where the brood Bides long ere its full music thrills the bowers. To accident and sudden inspiration They owe no more than do the lovely chimes Rung on accordant bells; nor in a twinkling Grows into birth their tuneful modulation: Labour, skill, patience, mastery over rhymes--From these proceed they, pranked and finely tinkling. in All these have you, ' enamoured architect Of airy rhyme, ' accomplished sonneteer--You whom I sometimes think without a peer In framing sonnets free from all defect, So seeming artless one...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236900278
  • 9781236900272