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" 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. "
The Spectator ... - Pagina 4
door Joseph Addison - 1803
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Elements of Criticism, Volume 2

Lord Henry Home Kames - 1816
...line of a couplet, which is sometimes stretched out to twelve syllables, termed an Alexandrine line : A needless Alexandrine ends the song, That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along. It doth extremely well when employed to close a period with a certain pomp and solemnity, where the...
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The British Plutarch: Containing the Lives of the Most Eminent ..., Volume 5

Francis Wrangham - 1816
...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 it's slow length along.' * * * ' 'Tis not enough no harshness gives offence ; The sound must seem...
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Blackwood's Magazine, Volume 57

1845
...' stop ;' Then, at the last and only couplet franght With some unmeaning thing they call a thought, A needless Alexandrine ends the song, That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along. Leave such to tune their own dull rhymes ! " — Who are the " MOST " that " JUDGE a poet's song by...
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Elements of criticism [by H. Home].

Henry Home (lord Kames.) - 1817
...line of a couplet, which is sometimes stretched out to twelve syllables, termed an Alexandrine line : A needless Alexandrine ends the song, That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along. It doth extremely well when employed to close a period with a certain pomp and solemnity, where the...
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Blackwood's Magazine, Volume 26

1829
...CHow could he? 3 O.ily she wore a cap that was as white as snow." On reading this one may truly say, " A needless Alexandrine ends the song, That, like a wounded snake, drags its sluw length along." In the last line, the words " that was" are plainly redundant, and are used to...
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Lectures on the English Poets: Delivered at the Surrey Institution

William Hazlitt - 1818 - 331 pagina’s
...words to fame have made pretence, Ancients in phrase, mere moderns in their sense." — I. 324,5. " "Tis not enough no harshness gives offence; The sound must seem an echo to the sense."—/. 364, 5. " At every trifle scorn to take offence; That always shews great pride, or little sense." —...
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The American Orator, Or, Elegant Extracts in Prose and Poetry: Comprehending ...

Increase Cooke - 1819 - 408 pagina’s
...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 Leave such to tune their own dull rhymes, and knov What's roundly smooth, or languishingly slow ; And...
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Principles of Elocution: Containing Numerous Rules, Observations, and ...

Thomas Ewing - 1819 - 436 pagina’s
...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. Leave such to tune their own dull rhymes, and know What's roundly smooth, or languishingly slow ; And...
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Elements of Criticism, Volume 2

Lord Henry Home Kames - 1819
...couplet, which is sometimes stretched out to twelve syllables, termed an Alexandrine line : A needloss Alexandrine ends the song, That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along. It doth extremely well when employed to close a period with a certain pomp and solemnity, where the...
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Elements of Criticism, Volume 2

Lord Henry Home Kames - 1819
...Prolonged motion is expressed in an Alexandrine line. The first example shall be of slow motion prolonged. A needless Alexandrine ends the song; That like a wounded snake, drags its alow length along. Ibid. 356. The next example is of forcible motion prolonged : The waves behind impel...
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