The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 5

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 5

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ... a copy of ancient hexameters side by side with a copy (in similar type) of such hexameters as Professor Longfellow, or Professor Felton, or the Frogpondian Professors collectively, are in the shameful practice of composing ' on the model of the Greek, ' it will be seen that the latter (hexameters, not professors) are about one-third longer to the eye on an average, than the former. The more abundant dactyls make the difference. And it is the greater number of spondees in the Greek than in the English, in the ancient than in the modern tongue, which has caused it to fall out that while these eminent scholars were groping about in the dark for a Greek hexameter, which is a spondaic rhythm varied now and then by dactyls, they merely stumbled, to the lasting scandal of scholarship, over something which, on account of its long-leggedness, we may as well term a Feltonian hexameter, and which is a dactylic rhythm interrupted rarely by artificial spondees which are no spondees at all, and which are curiously thrown in by the heels at all kinds of improper and impertinent points. Here is a specimen of the Longfellowine hexameter. Also the I church with in was a domed for this was the season In which the young their parents' hope and the loved ones of I Heaven Should at the foot of the altar re new the vows of their baptism Therefore each nook and corner was swept and cleaned and the dust was Blown from the walls and ceiling and from the oil-painted benches. Mr Longfellow is a man of imagination, but can he imagine that any individual, with a proper understanding of the danger of lockjaw, would make the attempt of twisting his mouth into the shape necessary for the emission of such spondees as 'parents, ' and 'from the, ' or such dactyls as 'cleaned...show more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236923162
  • 9781236923165