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" The sound must seem an echo to the sense. Soft is the strain when Zephyr gently blows, And the smooth stream in smoother numbers flows ; But when loud surges lash the sounding shore, The hoarse, rough verse should like the torrent roar... "
An Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope ... - Page 145
by Joseph Warton - 1806
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The Art of Poetry: How to Read a Poem

Shira Wolosky, Shira Wolosky Weiss, Professor of English and American Literature Shira Wolosky - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 226 pages
...drags its slow length along," Pope shows how to do it right, imitating his subjects in his sounds: "But when loud Surges lash the sounding Shore, / The hoarse, rough Verse shou'd like the Torrent roar." At issue here is the poetic effect of connecting a particular rhythm...
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Sound, Sense, and Rhythm: Listening to Greek and Latin Poetry

Mark W. Edwards - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 191 pages
...Among those primarily concerned with English poetry, Fussell (1979: 36), speaking of Pope's famous "When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw...| The line too labours, and the words move slow," notes, besides the spondaic-for-iambic substitutions, "the contribution of cacaphony (that is, the...
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Dictionary of Literature in English

Neil King, Sarah King - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 189 pages
...of the sound echoing the sense (onomatopoeia is sometimes called "echoism") and gives as an example: When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw The line too labors, and the words move slow open couplet: a couplet in verse where the sense is not complete by...
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The Arts in Mind: Pioneering Texts of a Coterie of British Men of Letters

Ruth Katz, Ruth HaCohen - Philosophy - 2003 - 431 pages
...specific Difference hetween the ancient and modern Compositions, and consequently their Excellency, s. "Soft is the Strain when zephyr gently Blows, And the smooth Stream in smoother numhers Flows; But when loud Surges lash the sounding Shore, The hoarse, rough Verse should like the...
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Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama: Volume I

Ebenezer Cobham Brewer - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 592 pages
...virgin queen of the Volscians, famous for her fleetness of foot. She aided Turnus against .<Eneas. Not so when swift Camilla scours the plain, Flies o'er th' unbending corn, or skims along the main. Pope. Camilla, wife of Anselmo of Florence. Anselmo, in order to rejoice in...
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The Routledge Dictionary of Literary Terms

Professor Peter Childs, Peter Childs, Roger Fowler - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 253 pages
...in pronunciation). All are exemplified in Alexander Pope's famous exercise 'An Essay in Criticism': When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw,...slow; Not so when swift Camilla scours the plain, Flie o'er th'unbending corn, and skims along the main. Samuel Johnson, however, attempting to prove...
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Arabian Studies

R. B. Serjeant, R. L. Bidwell - Education - 2005 - 192 pages
...Wolf, thou wailest. Surely these lives of ours, thine and my own, go empty, robbed of prosperity. 72 * When Ajax strives, some Rock's vast Weight to throw. The Line too labours, and the Words move slow. Alexander Pope, An essay on criticism, 11. 370-1. t Not so, when swift Camilla scours the Plain, Flies...
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The Art of Effective Public Speaking

Ernest Pertwee - Self-Help - 2006 - 280 pages
...appearance together.' Note the melody and strength in these four lines from Pope's Essay on Criticism : ' Soft is the strain when zephyr gently blows, And the...hoarse, rough verse should like the torrent roar' The following excerpt, full of imagination, is by Elizabeth Barrett Browning: — ' Nothing is small...
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The Pleasure of Poetry: Reading and Enjoying British Poetry from Donne to Burns

Nicolas H. Nelson - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 267 pages
...the strain when Zephyr gently blows, the west wind And the smooth stream in smoother numbers (lows; But when loud surges lash the sounding shore, The...When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw, powerful Greek warrior The line too labors, and the words move slow; Not so when swift Camilla scours...
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