Enduring vs Enjoying
Dorian E. Gray
israfel at eircom.net
Sat Jan 22 13:34:17 EST 2005
> Sorry, I feel called to quotation:
> "...While they ring round the same unvary'd chimes,
> With sure returns of still-expected rhymes.
> Where-e'er you find 'the cooling western breeze'.
> In the next line, it 'whispers thro' the trees';
> If 'crystal streams with pleasing murmurs creep',
> The reader's threaten'd (not in vain) with 'sleep'.
> Then, at the last, and only couplet fraught
> With some unmeaning thing they call a Thought,
> A needless alexandrine ends the song,
> That like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along."
Hee hee. I used the four lines from "Where-e're" to "sleep" as a sig quote
at one point. I think modern writers (of poetry *and* prose) could stand to
take Pope's thoughts here to heart.
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