Principles of English Prosody

Principles of English Prosody

Principles of English Prosody

Principles of English Prosody

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It will be seen from the title-page that this volume professes no more than to introduce its subject. It seemed convenient to present a general study of English prosody in two parts : the first would be an attempt to settle the elementary nature of metre; the second would, in an account of the chief English forms of metre, describe how that nature works itself out in practice.

The First Part was finished a good while ago; but the second requires, I find, much more time than I had expected or can at present afford. It occurred to me, however, that the first part might stand by itself, and would, if it succeeded in its intentions, give many readers all they want. But, of course, the test of its adequacy will come in the second or descriptive part. The two parts together will, I hope, make up a textbook of English metrical practice which will be useful to students and not too burdensome for those whose interest in poetic technique is an avocation rather than . . .

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