The Poetical Works of Robert Southey, Vol. 10 Of 10: Collected by Himself (Classic Reprint)
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A table exhibiting the varieties which Mr. S. Has adopted, and their agreement or disagreement with the legitimate hexameter, should have been drawn out. Critical experience has long ago selected and established certain canons for the iambic, sapphic, alcaic, and other metres; and Greek or Latin verses constructed according to these laws invariably excel both in rhythm and melody - There are in the Vision of Judgement parts which may charm and delight, but they do so from no metrical effect. The reader (notwithstand ing the Laureate's caution) soon finds himself in a tangled path, and gets bewildered for want of those guides which lead him smoothly through the Siege of Troy. But if he travel far with the Muse Of modern epic, he will have little running, frequent haltings, some stumbling and jostling, and now and then find the good lady gaping, or sitting cross legged in the midst of a barbarous rabble of mono syllabic particles.
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