Aids to English Composition, Prepared for Students of All Grades: Embracing Specimens and Examples of School and College Exercises and Most of the Higher Departments of English Composition, Both in Prose and Verse
Harper & brothers, 1851 - 429 pages
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accent acute accent admiration adverb Allowable rhymes ancient Antonomasia beauty cæsura called Catachresis character clause comma composition compound sentence connexion derived earth effect English English language Example 2d exercise expression father feelings figure following sentence Francesco Doria frequently genius give grave accent Greek Greek language happiness heart honor idea imagination influence Julius Cæsar kind labor language Latin Latin language letter literary literature look manner means mind moral Muslin nature Nearly perfect rhymes never nouns and third object observed Onomatopoeia opinion participles of verbs Philosophical phrases pleasure Pleonasm plurals of nouns poet poetical poetry present preterits and participles principles pronoun proper proposition prose remark rule Saxon sense Sheep extra signifies sometimes sound spirit student style syllable tautology tence thing thou thought tion Trochees truth verse virtue words writer written young
Page 127 - Knowledge and wisdom, far from being one, Have ofttimes no connection. Knowledge dwells In heads replete with thoughts of other men, Wisdom in minds attentive to their own. Knowledge, a rude unprofitable mass, The mere materials with which wisdom builds, Till smoothed and squared and fitted to its place, Does but encumber whom it seems to enrich. Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much ; Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
Page 403 - And where we are, our learning likewise is. Then, when ourselves we see in ladies...
Page 399 - But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.
Page 403 - tis strange : And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths : Win -us with honest trifles, to betray us In deepest consequence.
Page 294 - ... the lap of earth A youth to fortune and to fame unknown; Fair Science frowned not on his humble birth, And Melancholy marked him for her own. Large was his bounty, and his soul sincere; Heaven did a recompense as largely send: He gave to Misery (all he had) a tear, He gained from Heaven ('twas all he wished) a friend. No farther seek his merits to disclose, Or draw his frailties from their dread abode, (There they alike in trembling hope repose,) — The bosom of his Father and his God.
Page 129 - The style of Dryden is capricious and varied, that of Pope is cautious and uniform; Dryden obeys the motions of his own mind, Pope constrains his mind to his own rules of composition. Dryden is sometimes vehement and rapid; Pope is always smooth, uniform, and gentle.
Page 104 - For who, to dumb forgetfulness a prey, This pleasing anxious being e'er resign'd, Left the warm precincts of the cheerful day, Nor cast one longing...
Page 292 - Death? perhaps in this neglected spot is laid some heart once pregnant with celestial fire ; hands, that the rod of empire might have swayed, or waked to ecstasy the living lyre. but Knowledge to their eyes her ample page rich with the spoils of time did ne'er unroll ; chill Penury repressed their noble rage, and froze the genial current of the soul. full many a gem of purest ray serene, the dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear: full many a flower is born to blush unseen, and waste its sweetness on...