John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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Yesterday's Forgotten English

'cause I was at home and the calendar is at work...

A term which, among the ancients, denoted the supposed inspiration of particular persons such as poets. In a figurative sense, inspiration, enthusiasm.
--T. Ellwood Zell's Popular Encyclopedia of Knowledge and Language, 1871

To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme
In the preface to his masterpiece, Paradise Lost (1667), John Milton indicated his preference for blank verse, referring to "the troublesome and modern bondage of rhyming ... Rhyme being no necessary adjunct or true ornament of poem or good verse, in longer works especially, but the invention of a barbarous age to set off wretched matter and lame metre." But John Dryden felt otherwise, writing the preface to his rhyme-verse play The Rival Ladies (1664): "Imagination in a poet is a faculty so wild and lawless that, like a high-ranging spaniel, it must have clogs tied to it, lest it outrun the judgment. The great easiness of blank verse renders the poet too luxuriant." Robert Frost concurred with Dryden, stating in a 1962 interview, "I'd as soon write free verse as play tennis with the net down."

Y'know, I think there may be something to that -- which is one reason I don't care for most contemporary poetry that I've read.

-The Gneech
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