A Handbook Of Poetics For Students Of English Verse

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byFrancis Barton Gummere

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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...From frustrated ambition." "Now get you to my lady's chamber," says Hamlet to Yorick's skull, "and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must come; make her laugh at that" A most admirable example of compliment shading into irony, and irony into bitter sarcasm, is Marc Antony's speech about the " honorable men." Finally, we get the plain statement with the word " traitors." In epic poetry, irony alternates with direct abuse,--as in speeches of warriors about to fight. So Gabriel calls Satan " courageous chief." CHAPTER V.--FIGURES. The terms Trope and Figure have often been confused. Metaphors are called "figurative" language, and Trope is often just as loosely understood. But the distinction is useful and just. A trope deals with the expressions themselves; a figure, with their relations and arrangement. Figures may be based on Repetition, on Contrast, or on Combination. § I. FIGURES OF REPETITION. The repetition of certain relations of sounds is, as we shall.see, the basis of metre; there is also a harmony and poetic effect gained by repetition of words and phrases. i. Iteration.--Single words are repeated. This is very common in dirges and in passages expressive of deep emotion. The tendency is to dwell on one name or thought. Lycidas is very remarkable in this respect:--" For Lycidas is dead, dead ere his prime, Young Lycidas, and hath not left his peer. Who would not weep for Lycidas?" The poem is full of such iteration. So in Paradise Lost: "though fall'n on evil times, On evil times though fall'n and evil tongues." The strong passion and wonder of Hamlet find expression by dwelling on two words:--" Oh villain, villain, smiling, damned villain! My tables--meet it is I set it down That one may smile and smile...

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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...From frustrated ambition." "Now get you to my lady's chamber," says Hamlet to Yorick's skull, "and tell her, le...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:66 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217424198

ISBN - 13:9780217424196

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