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Xelam Kan Xelam Kan Male, 96, Pakistan (7/14/2013 6:20:00 AM)

The Art of Poetry (excerpt)

by Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux
translated by John Dryden

Gently make haste, of Labour not afraid;
A hundred times consider what you've said:
Polish, repolish, every Colour lay,
And sometimes add; but oft'ner take away.
'Tis not enough, when swarming Faults are writ,
That here and there are scattered Sparks of Wit;
Each Object must be fix'd in the due place,
And diff'ring parts have Corresponding Grace:
'Till, by a curious Art dispos'd, we find
One perfect whole, of all the pieces join'd.
Keep your subject close, in all you say;
Nor for a sounding Sentence ever stray

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  • Freshman - 644 Points Jefferson Carter (7/14/2013 3:01:00 PM) Post reply
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    It's interesting how this " neo-classical" poetic advice is so DIAMETRICALLY opposed to " post-modern" poetics; it's more than interesting. It's astonishing! ! !

  • Freshman - 837 Points Lamont Palmer (7/14/2013 12:55:00 PM) Post reply

    Nice post, John. -LP

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