The Rhetoric of John Donne's Verse

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J. H. Furst Company, 1906 - 206 sidor

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Sida 22 - A perfect judge will read each work of wit With the same spirit that its author writ ; Survey the whole, nor seek slight faults to find Where nature moves, and rapture warms the mind ; Nor lose, for that malignant dull delight, The generous pleasure to be charm'd with wit.
Sida 22 - But most by numbers judge a poet's song, And smooth or rough with them is right or wrong . In the bright Muse though thousand charms conspire, Her voice is all these tuneful fools admire ; Who haunt Parnassus but to please their ear, Not mend their minds ; as some to church repair, Not for the doctrine but the music there.
Sida 70 - Soul of the age! The applause, delight, the wonder of our stage! My Shakespeare, rise! I will not lodge thee by Chaucer, or Spenser, or bid Beaumont lie A little further, to make thee a room: Thou art a monument without a tomb, And art alive still while thy book doth live And we have wits to read and praise to give.
Sida 22 - whispers through the trees;' If crystal streams 'with pleasing murmurs creep,' The reader's threatened (not in vain) with 'sleep': Then, at the last and only couplet fraught With some unmeaning thing they call a thought, A needless Alexandrine ends the song, That, like a' wounded snake, drags- its slow length along.
Sida 132 - Thou shalt yield no precedence, but of time, And the blind fate of language, whose tun'd chime More charms the outward sense; yet thou may'st claim From so great disadvantage greater fame.
Sida 114 - Then as th' earth's inward narrow crooked lanes Do purge sea water's fretful salt away, I thought, if I could draw my pains Through rhyme's vexation, I should them allay. Grief brought to numbers cannot be so fierce, 10 For he tames it, that fetters it in verse.
Sida 10 - He esteemeth John Done the first poet in the world in »5 some things: his verses of the Lost Chaine he heth by heart, and that passage of the Calme, That dust and feathers doe not stirr, all was so quiet.
Sida 14 - Horace so very close, that of necessity he must fall with him ; and I may safely say it of this present age, that if we are not so great wits as Donne, yet certainly we are better poets.
Sida 22 - Who haunt Parnassus but to please their ear, Not mend their minds ; as some to church repair, Not for the doctrine, but the music there. These equal syllables alone require, Tho' oft the ear the open vowels tire ; While expletives their feeble aid do join ; And ten low words oft creep in one dull line : While they ring round the same unvaried chimes, With sure returns of still expected rhymes ; Where'er you find 'the cooling western bn.cze,' In the next line, it ' whispers through the trees': If...
Sida 128 - Rhetorical would have been a more accurate designation. In saying that, however, we must remind our readers, that we revert to the original use of the word Rhetoric, as laying the principal stress upon the management of the thoughts, and only a secondary one upon the ornaments of style.

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