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 4door Joseph Addison - 1803Volledige weergave
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Nicolas H. Nelson - 2006 - 267 pagina’s
...use of the hexameter or alexandrine, a line of six iambic feet, used to conclude a work or a passage: A needless Alexandrine ends the song That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along. (2: 356-357) His simile of the snake perfectly captures his sense of this kind of line, slowing down...