The Works of Ben Jonson; With Notes Critical and Explanatory, and Biographical Memoir Volume 9

The Works of Ben Jonson; With Notes Critical and Explanatory, and Biographical Memoir Volume 9

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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. 1816 edition. Excerpt: ...or the delicacy or freshness of the fields. And all this is called in-;centsn, u.x'lw-p.m1, or figured language. Oratio imago animi.-Language most shows a man: Speak, that I may see thee. It springs out of the most retired and inmost parts of us, and is the image of the parent of it, the mind. No glass renders a man's form, or likeness so true as his speech. Nay, it is likened to a man: and as we consider feature and composition in a man, so words in language; in the greatness, aptness, sound, structure, and harmony of it-. Structura et statura, sublimis, humilis, pumz'la.Some men are tall and big, so some language is high and great. Then the words are chosen, their sound ample, the composition full, the absolution plenteous, and poured out, all grave, sinewy, and strong. Some are little and dwarfs; so of speech it is humble and low, the words poor and flat, the members and periods thin and weak, without knitting or number. Mediocris plana et placida.-The middle are of ajust stature. There the language is plain and pleasing; even without stopping, round without swelling: all well-torned, composed, elegant, and accurate. Wtiosa oratio, vasta--tumens--enormis--'af fectata-abjecta.--The vicious language is vast, and gaping, swelling, and irregular: when it contends to be high, full of rock, mountain, and pointedness: as it affects to be low, it is abject, and creeps, full of bogs and holes. And according to their subject these styles vary, and lose their names: for that which is high and lofty, declaring excellent matter, becomes vast and tumorous, speaking of petty and inferior things: so that which was even and apt in a mean and plain sub'ect, will appear most poor and humble in a hig argument. Would you not laugh to meet a greashow more

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  • Paperback | 114 pages
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  • United States
  • English
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  • 9781236846457