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English Verse Specimens Illustrating its Principles and History   By: (1873-1924)

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This e text uses the Latin 1 ISO 8859 1 character set. The following conventions are used to represent non Latin 1 characters used in the original:

[=x] represents letter 'x' with macron. [)x] represents letter 'x' with breve. [gh] represents yogh. [oe] represents oe ligature. [^] represents a 'pause' mark in poetry. ^{x} represents the letter 'x' superscripted.

The following Latin 1 characters which may be unfamiliar are used in this e text:

Þ, þ upper and lower case thorn. Ð, ð upper and lower case eth.

Footnotes have been numbered sequentially and moved to the end of each chapter.

Minor corrections to punctuation and capitalisation have been made without note. Variant spelling, especially in Anglo Saxon and middle English poems, is as per the original. The following corrections to typographical errors have been made:

p.129: "I hope to get safely out of the turmoil" (had "... safety ...") p.401: "It cannot be said, however," (Had "In ...") p.457: "Lotos Eaters" (Index entry, had "Lotus Eaters")

ENGLISH VERSE

SPECIMENS ILLUSTRATING ITS PRINCIPLES AND HISTORY

CHOSEN AND EDITED

BY

RAYMOND MACDONALD ALDEN, PH.D.

Associate Professor in Leland Stanford Junior University

[Illustration]

NEW YORK

HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY

COPYRIGHT, 1903,

BY

HENRY HOLT & CO.

TO

my Father and Mother

WHO HAVE GIVEN

BOTH THE INSPIRATION AND THE OPPORTUNITY

FOR ALL MY STUDIES

PREFACE

The aim of this book is to give the materials for the inductive study of English verse. Its origin was in certain university courses, for which it proved to be necessary often for use in a single hour's work to gather almost numberless books, some of which must ordinarily be inaccessible except in the vicinity of large libraries. I have tried to extract from these books the materials necessary for the study of English verse forms, adding notes designed to make the specimens intelligible and useful.

Dealing with a subject where theories are almost as numerous as those who have written on it, it has been my purpose to avoid the setting forth of my own opinions, and to present the subject matter in a way suited, so far as possible, to the use of those holding widely divergent views. In the arrangement and naming of the earlier sections of the book, some systematic theory of the subject accepted at least tentatively was indeed indispensable; but I trust that even here those who would apply to English verse a different classification or terminology may be able to discard what they cannot approve and to make use of the specimens from their own standpoint. Even where (as in these introductory sections) the notes seem to overtop the text somewhat threateningly, they are invariably intended as the type indicates to be subordinate. Where it has been possible to do so, I have preferred to present comments on the specimens in the words of other writers, and have not confined these notes to opinions with which I wholly agree, but only to those which seem worthy of attention. My own views on the more disputed elements of the subject (such as the relations of time and accent in our verse, the presence of "quantity" in English, and the terminology of the subject) I have reserved for Part Three, where I trust they will be found helpful by some readers, but where they may easily be passed over.

To classify the materials of this subject is peculiarly difficult, and one who tries to solve the problem will early abandon the hope of being able to follow any system with consistency. Main divisions and subdivisions will inevitably conflict and overlap... Continue reading book >>




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