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" whispers through the trees ;' If crystal streams ' with pleasing murmurs creep," The reader's threaten'd (not in vain) with 'sleep;' Then, at the last and only couplet fraught With some unmeaning thing they call a thought, A needless Alexandrine ends... "
The works of Alexander Pope; with a memoir of the author, notes [&c.] by G ... - Seite 72
von Alexander Pope - 1835
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The Works of George Campbell: Philosophy of rhetoric

George Campbell - 1840
...another work, has, I think, with better success, made choice of this very measure to exhibit slowness : A needless Alexandrine ends the song, That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along*. It deserves our notice, that in this couplet he seems to give it as his opinion of the Alexandrine,...
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The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore, Band 9

Thomas Moore - 1841
...conjurors clean away, While ours at aldermen deals his blows, (Who no great conjurors are, God knows,) * " A needless Alexandrine ends the song That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along." Lays Corporations, by wholesale, level, Sends Acts of Parliament to the devil, Bullies the whole Milesian...
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Dictionary of dates, and universal reference

Joseph Timothy Haydn - 1841 - 80 Seiten
...Criticism, has the following well-known couplet, in which an Alexandrine is happily exemplified : — " A needless Alexandrine ends the song, That, like a wound-ed snake, drags its slow length a-Iong." ALFORD, BATTLE OF. General Baillie with a large body of Covenanters defeated by the marquess...
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Critical and Miscellaneous Essays, Band 1

John Wilson - 1842
...[How could he ?] Only 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 slow length along." In the last line, the words " that was" are plainly redundant, and are used to complete the measure....
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Critical and Miscellaneous Essays, Band 1

John Wilson - 1842
...[How could he ?] Only 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 slow length along." In the last line, the words " that was" are plainly redundant, and are used to complete the measure....
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Obras poeticas de d. Leonor d'Almeida Portugal Lorena e Lencastre ..., Bände 5-6

Leonor de Almeida Portugal Lorena e Lencastre Alorna (Marquesa de) - 1844
...» The reader's threaten'd (not in vain) with «sleepi» Then, at the last and only couplet fraught With some unmeaning thing they call a thought, A needless...Leave such to tune their own dull rhymes, and know What's roundly smooth, or languishingly slow; And praise the easy vigour of a line, Que tomar por modelo...
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Elements of Rhetoric and Literary Criticism: With Copious Practical ...

James Robert Boyd - 1844 - 306 Seiten
...creep,' The reader's threaten'd, not in vain, with ' sleep :' Then, at the last and only couplet fraught With some unmeaning thing they call a thought, A needless Alexandrine ends the song, Which, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along" The dexterity with which the passages here...
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Studies in English poetry [an anthology] with biogr. sketches and notes by J ...

Joseph Payne - 1845
...creep,' The reader's threatened (not in vain) with t sleep :' Then, at the last and only couplet fraught With some unmeaning thing they call a thought, A needless...Leave such to tune their own dull rhymes, and know What's roundly smooth, or languishingly slow ; And praise the easy vigour of a line, Where Denham's...
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Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Band 57

1845
...intellectual wealth, and transmutes it all into poetical 896 Then, at the lost and only couplet franght With some unmeaning thing they call a thought, A needless...length along. Leave such to tune their own dull rhymes ! " — 897 Who are the " MOST " that " JUDGE a poet's song by numbers?" with whom " smooth or rough...
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Aids to English Composition

Richard Green Parker - 1845 - 50 Seiten
...monster: While expletives their feeble aid do join, And ten low wards oft creep in one dull line." " A needless Alexandrine ends the song, That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along.' " Soft is the strain, when Zephyr gently blows, And the smooth stream in smoother numbers flows, But...
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