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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1840. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... These feet are divided into principal feet, out of which pieces of poetry may be wholly or chiefly formed; and secondary feet, the use of which is to diversify the number and improve the verse. We shall now proceed to explain the nature of the principal feet . Iambic verses are of several kinds, each kind consisting of a certain number of feet or syllables. 1. The shortest form of the English Iambic consists of an Iambus, with an additional short syllable, thus coinciding with the Amphibrach: as, "What, Susan, My beauty! Refuse one So true f ye? This ditty Of sadness Begs pity For madness." 2. The second form of the English Iambic consists of two Iambuses, and sometimes takes an additional short syllable: as, "My eye, what fun, With dog and gun, And song and shout, To roam about! And shoot our snipes! And smoke our pipes! Or eat at ease, Beneath the trees, Our bread and cheese! To rouse the hare From gloomy lair; To scale the mountain And ford the fountain, While rustics wonder To hear our thunder." Everybody has heard of the " Cockney School," of course. 3. The third form consists of three Iambuses: as in the following morceau, the author of which is, we regret to say, unknown to us; though we did once hear somebody say that it was a Mr. Anon. "Jack Sprat eat all the fat, His wife eat all the lean, And so between them both, They lick'd the platter clean." In this verse an additional short syllable is also admitted: as, "Alexis, youthful plough-boy, A shepherdess adored, Who loved fat Hodge, the cow-boy, So t'other chap was floored." 4. The fourth form is made up of four Iambuses; as, "Adieu my b5ots, companions old, New footed twice, and four times soled; My footsteps ye have guarded long, Life's brambles, thorns, and flints among; And now you 're past...
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