Selections From The Letters Of Robert Southey (volume 1)

Paperback | January 12, 2012

byRobert Southey

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1856. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... of idleness in yours. And now, having acquitted myself of that charge, I proceed to the indictment of my ears. If the charge had come from Dapple it would not have surprised me. One may fancy him possessed of more than ordinary susceptibility of ear; but for the irritability of yours, I cannot so satisfactorily account. I could heap authority upon authority for using two very short syllables in blank verse instead of one: they take up only the time of one. Spirit, in particular, is repeatedly placed as a monosyllable in Milton; and some of his ass-editors have attempted to print it as one, not feeling that the rapid pronunciation of the two syllables does not lengthen the verse more than the dilated sound of one. The other line you quote is still less objectionable, because the old ballad style requires ruggedness, were this line rugged; and secondly, because the line itself rattles over the tongue as smoothly as a curricle upon down turf. "I have made candles of Infant's fat." This kind of cadence is repeatedly used in the "Old Woman" and in the "Parody." The " Grandmother's Tale " I will not defend against you. It is a mere matter of taste. I have seen it produce much pleasure, and it has been noticed to me among the most pleasing poems in the volume. Certainly it is of that class of poems sermoni propiora--which you may without impropriety construe very proper for a sermon. Yet I think, if you look at the only part that admitted of strong writing, the lines from "But God, whose eye beholdeth all things," &c., to the end of the speech, you will find them strong and impressive. However, the difference in taste in men of equal talents and education you must be aware of almost as much as myself. The " Maid of the Inn " you selected for censure, and in my own mind...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1856. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... of idleness in yours. And now, having acquitted myself of that charge, I proceed to the indictment of my ears. If the charge had come...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:126 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.27 inPublished:January 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217046851

ISBN - 13:9780217046855

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