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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 American Whig Review, Band 2

1845
...couplet from the Essay on Criticism, he assumes that the Alexandrine is condemned and ridiculed : " A needless Alexandrine ends the song That like a wounded snake drags its slow length along." On this two or three things are to be observed. First, there is an essential difference between the...
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Aids to English Composition, Prepared for Students of All Grades: Embracing ...

Richard Green Parker - 1845 - 429 Seiten
...ademptum." While expletives their feeble aid do join, And ten low words 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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Melodious Guile: Fictive Pattern in Poetic Language

John Hollander - 1988 - 262 Seiten
...famous passage from An Essay on Criticism quoted earlier, heaps his scorn on such concluding devices: "A needless Alexandrine ends the Song, / That like a wounded Snake, drags its slow length along," brilliantly slowing up his own line with the "slow length." It is interesting to observe that, less...
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The Columbia Granger's Dictionary of Poetry Quotations

Edith P. Hazen - 1992 - 1132 Seiten
...streams 'with pleasing murmurs creep': The reader's threaten'd (not in vain) with 'sleep.' (Fr. II) 43 ages hence Shall this our lofty scene be acted over In states unborn and accents yet unknown! (Fr. II) 44 True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, As those move easiest who have learn'd...
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The Cambridge Paperback Guide to Literature in English

Ian Ousby - 1996 - 436 Seiten
...alexandrine, and Pope vividly demonstrated the reasons for its relative unpopularity among English poets: 'A needless Alexandrine ends the song/ That like a wounded snake drags its slow length along'. The monometer (onefoot line) is rare, like the heptameter (seven-foot line), also called a 'fourteener'...
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Selected Poetry

Alexander Pope - 1998 - 226 Seiten
...creep,' The reader's threatened (not in vain) with '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 languishing!}- slow; And praise the easy vigour of a line, 360 Where Denham's...
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Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse

Mary Oliver - 1998 - 194 Seiten
...style: The reader's threatened (not in vain) with 'sleep.' Then, at the last and only couplet fraught With some unmeaning thing they call a thought, A needless...like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along. ("An Essay on Criticism") Working with lines in lengths beyond the pentameter, except for the occasional...
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Three Plays

Jean Racine - 2000 - 422 Seiten
...respectively), few versions have followed the example. Pope's well-known comment continues to bite ('A needless Alexandrine ends the song,/ That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along'). The weight and ponderousness of the metre in EngUsh are a substantial disadvantage, evoking as they...
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A Sherwood Bonner Sampler, 1869-1884: What a Bright, Educated, Witty, Lively ...

Katherine Sherwood Bonner McDowell - 2000 - 451 Seiten
...occasion. 15. Uncomplimentary lines borrowed from Pope's Essay on Criticism, Part 2, lines 356-57. "A needless Alexandrine ends the song, / That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along." Bonner repeats this allusion in Boston column 6. 1 6. Linked with the words "went under," possibly...
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Deconstruction as Analytic Philosophy

Samuel C. Wheeler - 2000 - 294 Seiten
...Night a Traveler. Perhaps most famously, Pope's Essay on Criticism partially consists of lines such as "A needless Alexandrine ends the song, / That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along."2 Much self-reference of interest to critics is less transparent. The text has a "surface" reading...
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