* * * * * NOTE BY THE ARTIST The sycomore tree referred to in the text is a species of fig bearing small, coarse fruit, which is used as food only in cases of necessity.
I do not know what profit there is in literature like that, but I do know that the devil has not lost anything, because through this channel flows a river of mud and poison, and the moral sense became so dulled that finally they tolerated such books which a few decades ago would have brought the author to court.
"Obviously," said a poet, "the prophetess would have us confer the ducal dignity upon the contemporary bard who doth most nearly accede to the vestiges of the divine Maro; and he, as I judge, is even now in the midst of you."
A fellow dilettante in the art had confidentially informed him of its whereabouts, adding that he himself despaired of ever obtaining it.
Mrs. Aphra Behn (1640-1689), dramatist and novelist, shows the faults of the Restoration drama in her short tales, which helped to prepare the way for the novelists of the next century.
Yet again, if we want to see will struggling against obstacles, the classic to turn to is not Hamlet, not Lear, but Robinson Crusoe; yet no one, except a pantomime librettist, ever saw a drama in Defoe's narrative.
In the late 1980s, this Republican rock lyricist cattle rancher sold his ranch and became a computer telecommunications devotee.
Pause, and scan well Archilochus, the bard of elder days, By east and west Alike's confest The mighty lyrist's praise.
The political thinker has indeed sometimes to imitate the cabinet-maker, who discards his most finely divided numerical rule for some kinds of specially delicate work, and trusts to his sense of touch for a quantitative estimation.
We quite agree with Mr. White and Mr. Knight in their hearty dislike of the Steevens-system of versification, but we think that Coleridge (who, although the best English metrist since Milton, often thought lazily and talked loosely) has misled both of them in what he has said about the pauses and retardations of verse.
within the crowded door, Stood Rounding, jovial elf; Here shall the Muse frame no excuse, But frame the man himself.
To his case the parodist of the period, in a moment of inspiration, adapted Burgon's beautiful couplet, saying or singing:-- "Match me such marvel, save in college port, That rose-red liquor, half as old as Short."
Flecknoe, an obscure Irish poetaster, being about to retire from the throne of duncedom, resolved to settle the succession upon his son, Shadwell, whose claims to the inheritance are vigorously asserted.
A Jewish prophet must have seemed a rhapsodist to Athenian critics, and a Grecian philosopher a conceited cynic to a converted fisherman of Galilee,--even as a boastful Darwinite would be repulsive to a believer in the active interference of the moral Governor of the universe.
Mr. Carlin takes his pen-name from that of his grandfather who was a cottage weaver of linen and a local rhymer in Tyrone, Ireland.
It is done unconsciously by many a simple rhymester whose verses are bought by Sulphites and read with glee.
No versifier of the present day lends himself so readily to parody as Mr. Kipling.
Oddly enough, when it is attempted, the writer usually fancies herself the lover, and describes feminine, not masculine, beauty.