The Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy Volume 1

The Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy Volume 1

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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. 1787 edition. Excerpt: ...Now this privilege is very sparingly, if at all, indulged to an English writer, whose task in versifying is therefore so much the more difficult. 4, Both the Greek and Latin lyric poets took the liberty of ending the line in the midst of a word, if the versification happened to require it, as you may fee in every page of Horace and Pindar; indeed, there are in Virgil instances of such a license, even in heroic verse. A liberty of this fort would not be endured in English; I question whether even the charms of the Jlrophe, antijirophe and epode could reconcile it to those who want the true antiquated classic ear. 5, The antients went still greater lengths; there are instances of a stanza or Jirophe ending in the middle of a word, and the remainder carried over to the next stanza; as for example, in the second antijirophe of the third Olympic of Pindar, which ends in the middle of a word, and the second epode, which begins with the remaining syllable: tii To! I," yeueu Tragiviir Svpd-'ufpai; txi nu iSa Aals;, &C. Hav1ng hazarded these cursory remarks on the critical opinions contained in the note above-mentioned, permit me to add a I 2 few sew arguments in favour of the irregular ode. In the first place, it has the sanction of clastic authority to recommend it; the antients, our great, and indeed inimitable masters in poetry, they, who imposed every necessary curb on the wayward imagination, and were not often guilty of wild or jejune writing, the illustrious antients loved and practised this species of composition. The most celebrated and sublime of Pindar's works were irregular odes, I mean his Dithyrambics; on these, though they have unfortunately perished in the wreck of time, his reputation as a poet was most essentially...
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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • English
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