The Poet's Diary by Alfred AustinThe Poet's Diary by Alfred Austin

The Poet's Diary

byAlfred Austin

Paperback | January 16, 2012

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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. 1904. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Rome, December 190-.--Lamia wants to know how I learned to speak the Roman tongue, and I tell her it was thuswise. Before leaving England I studied the Italian Grammar as intently as if there had been pedagogue and ferule over me, though, in truth, my only master was a brother-inlaw's sister with a riding-whip in her hand; and she, who knew nothing of Italian and-little of anything except how to bewitch, heard me my day's lesson as we leaned over a little wicket-gate in a small bachelor home in Hertfordshire, before we scampered forth into the woods, parks, and lanes, at that headlong pace at which it pleases young women when in the saddle to scour the world. But, indeed, who knows the Latin or French grammar easily learns the Italian one; and, as Latin had not yet been expunged from what was then called a liberal education, I had a goodly portion of the Italian vocabulary already at my command. So, mindful of the old saying that the way to learn to swim is to throw yourself into the water, I found a Professore who was hungering and thirsting for journalistic news a little more cosmopolitan than that provided by the Civilta Cattolica, and translated for him, straight off, news and comment from the English paper that was posted to me every day in England. A pretty hash, as you may suppose, I made of it at first; but I was always understanded of my intelligent mentor, who corrected every blunder as it was made, with the result that in a fortnight I could discourse, without embarrassment to myself or too much mirth-provoking astonishment in my hearers. As for pronunciation, that is the gift of the gods; and for many years I have observed that it is granted but to few of my countrymen, who, though some of them may learn to speak Italian 'trippingly on the tongue,' s...
Title:The Poet's DiaryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:50 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:January 16, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217305385

ISBN - 13:9780217305389