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" 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, That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along. "
Novo mestre inglez, ou Grammatica da lingua ingleza para uso dos portuguezes ... - Page 308
by Francisco Solano Constâncio - 1837 - 310 lehte
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Poetical Works: To which is Prefixed a Life of the Author

Alexander Pope - 1860
...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, ana know What's roundly smooth, or languishing!/ slow...
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Advanced Course of Composition and Rhetoric: A Series of Practical Lessons ...

George Payn Quackenbos - 1861
...the impression of slow and difficult motion, as in these lines of Pope:— "A seedless Alexandrine ends the song; That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along. "Just writes to make his barrenness appear, And strains from hard-bound brains eight lines a...
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Many thoughts of many minds. Compiled by H. Southgate

Henry Southgate - 1862
...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. PopePOETBY— Great Fountain ot The very source of true poetry is love, — a Jivine glow and...
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English grammar practice

George Frederick Graham - 1862 - 264 lehte
...: — 1234 56 ' Thy realms | for ev|er last, | thy own ] Meesi|ah reigns.' ' A needless Alexandrine ends the song, That like | a woun|ded snake | drags its | slow length | along.' 1 The words in italic are trochees. 2 At the end of the line a redundant unaccented syllable...
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Mark Twain: The Innocents Abroad, Roughing It (LOA #21)

Mark Twain - 1984 - 1027 lehte
...ages . . . along] From Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism, lines 356-57: A needless Alexandrine ends the song That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along. 225.5-6 "butchered . . . holyday."] From Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto IV, Stanza 141. 225.12-13...
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The Imagined World of Charles Dickens

Mildred Newcomb - 1989 - 243 lehte
...24. Dickens substitutes his own marsh word for Pope's less pointed "slow": "A needless Alexandrine ends the song / That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along" ("An Essay on Criticism," 11. 356-57). 25. Note the echoing variants on the "bleak place" that...
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Melodious Guile: Fictive Pattern in Poetic Language

John Hollander - 1990 - 262 lehte
...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,...
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The Columbia Granger's Dictionary of Poetry Quotations

Edith P. Hazen - 1992 - 1132 lehte
...murmurs creep': The reader's threaten'd (not in vain) with 'sleep.' (Fr. II) 43 A needless Alexandrine our lofty scene be acted over In states unborn and accents yet u along. (Fr. II) 44 True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, As those move easiest who have...
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The Cambridge Paperback Guide to Literature in English

Ian Ousby - 1996 - 436 lehte
...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...
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Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse

Mary Oliver - 1998 - 194 lehte
...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. ("An Essay on Criticism") Working with lines in lengths beyond the pentameter, except for the...
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