A Study of Versification by Brander MatthewsA Study of Versification by Brander Matthews

A Study of Versification

byBrander Matthews

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1911 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER Vm OTHER FIXED FORMS The six moat important of the poetic creations of old Prance, the rondel, the rondeau, the triolet, the villanelle, the ballade, and the chant-royal.... Each has a fixed form, regulated by traditional laws, and each depends upon richness of rime and delicate workmanship for its successful exercise. The first three are habitually used for joyous or gay thought, and lie most within the province of jeu d'esprit and epigram; the last three are usually wedded to serious or stately expression, and almost demand a vein of pathos.--Edmund Gosse: A. Plea for Certain Exotic Forms of Verse. fTHE sonnet is the noblest of all fixed forms, with a special function of its own. The quatrain is inferior to the sonnet, if only by reason of its brevity; but it can serve on occasion even for imagination, although it seems better suited to fancy or to wit. There is also f a fivejine stanza of wide popularity which confines » j itself within the lower realm of playful humor, often deriving a large proportion of its effect from the inventive unexpectedness of its double and treble rimes. This is the form which has won wide recognition under the curious title of the "limerick." It is anapestic in rhythm, with its first, second and fifth lines trimeter, and its third and fourth dimeter. Sometimes the rimes are single throughout, as in this:--There was a young lady from Lynn, Who was so excessively thin That when she essayed To drink lemonade She slipped through the straw and fell in. Sometimes the thrice-repeated rime of the trimeter lines is double, as in this:--There was once an ichthyosaurus, Who lived when the earth was all porous; But he fainted with shame When he first heard his name, And departed a great while before us. And sometimes thes...
Title:A Study of VersificationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:74 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217162223

ISBN - 13:9780217162227