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Few years but yield us proof of death's ambition,
4. When flooded with abundance, and purpled o'er
5. Death loves a shining mark, a signal blow;
As when some stately growth of oak or pine,
Exercise 5 -- Mustrating Rule 1, Page 18.
1. Banished from Rome! what 's banished, but set free From daily contact of the things I loathe ? “ Tried and convicted traitor!”
this? Who 'll prove it, at his peril, on my
head ? Banished ? I thank you for 't. It breaks my
- here I fling Hatred and full defiance in your face.
Your Consul 's merciful. For this all thanks.
I've had wrongs,
INFLECTION is a modification of the voice in reading or speaking, commonly referring to the upward and downward slides.
We shall consider Inflection under the four following heads; viz., Rising Inflection, Falling Inflection, Circumflex, and Monotone.
The first is marked thus ('); the second thus ('); the third thus (0); and the fourth thus (-).
It should be distinctly remembered, that, although each of the above characters indicates an inflection of voice the same in kind, yet in degree, intensity, and significant expressiveness, there is a great variety of shades. Any attempt, therefore, to give definite rules, touching the minor shades of modification, would rather perplex than aid the learner. Good sense, a correct taste, and a delicate ear,
will ordinarily adapt the more graceful inflections to the spirit of the piece in the best way and the most natural manner.
QUESTIONS. What is inflection ? Under what four heads is it treated ? How are ihe soveral inflections niarked? What is said of the shades of infection?
The Rising and Falling Inflections. The RISING INFLECTION is an upward turn or slide of the voice ; as, Will you go to-dáy ?
The FALLING INFLECTION is a downward turn or slide of the voice; as, Where has he gòne ?
The falling slide is sometimes mistaken for the rising, when it is attended with strong emphasis. If the learner is in doubt which has been employed, let him use the doubtful word in the form of a question, thus : Did I say home or hòme? In the rising slide, it must be remembered that the voice rises from the general pitch gradually to its highest note ; in the falling, it commences above the general pitch and falls down to it, but not below, as in a cadence.
Rule 1. Direct questions, or those that can be answered by yes or no, generally require the rising inflection, and the answers the falling.
Will you go to Báltimore? No.
EXCEPTION 1. Direct questions, when attended with earnestness and strong emphasis, the answers being anticipated, take the falling inflection.
Questions. What is the rising infection ? Give the example. How does the falling inflection affect the voice? Will you give one example? What effect has strong emphasis on this inflection ? When the learner is in doubt, how can be determine the inflection? In the falling inflection, at what pitch or note does the voice start, and where end? ilha: is Rule First? Will you give an example ? How does the voice end in a cadence? What is Exception First ?
Will you blindly rush on to destrúetion ?
Now can you complain of mè? EXCEPTION 2. Direct questions, when repeated with earnestness and emphasis, also take the falling slide; as, Are you going to Londón? If not understood, I repeat it, thus, Are you going to Londin?
Rule 2. Words and clauses connected by the disjunctive or, generally require the rising slide before, and the falling after it.
You are either my friend, or my enemy. Note. When or is used conjunctively, it takes the rising slide after, as well as before it.
Would the influence of the Bible, even if it were not the record of a divine revelation, be to render princes more tyrannical, or subjects more ungovernable ; the rich more insolent, or the poor more disorderly; would it make worse parents, or children, húsbands, or wíves, másters, or sérvants, friends, or néighbors ?
Rule 3. When negation is opposed to affirmation, the former has the rising, and the latter the falling inflection, in whatever order they occur.
QUESTIONS. Give an example illustrating the first exception. What is Exception Cecond? Will you repeat Rule Second ? What example illustrates this rule? When or is used conjunctively, what slide is required? What is Rule Third ?
I do not read for amusement, but for impròvement.
EXCEPTION. When negation is attended with strong emphasis, it requires the falling slide.
We are troubled on évery side, yet not distressed ; perplexed, but not in despair ; persecuted, but not forsaken ; cast dówn, but not destroyed.
Rule 4. When words or clauses are contrasted, they take opposite inflections; the first member usually re•quires the rising inflection, and the latter the falling. This order, however, is sometimes reversed.
By hónor and dishonor; by évil report and good report; as decéiv
and yet trùe; as únknown, and yet well known: as dy'ing, and behold we live; as chástened, and not killed ; as sórrowful, yet always rejòicing; as poór, yet making many rìch; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
Her regard to virtue opposes insensibility to shàme; púrity to pol1 ltion; intégrity to injustice ; vírtue to villany; resolution to ràge ; and order to confusion.
It is more plessed to do good, than evil.
Questions. When the negative clause follows the affirmative. is the slide changed ! Will you illustrate this rule? Give an example. What is Rule Fourth? Give an ex. ample in which the first member begins with the rising slide, and the second ends with the falling. One in which the slides are inverted.