Tis not enough no harshness gives offence; The sound must seem an echo to the sense. Soft is the strain when Zephyr gently blows, And the smooth stream in smoother numbers flows ; But when loud surges lash the sounding shore, The hoarse rough verse should... The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope - Page 61by Alexander Pope - 1904 - 505 pagesFull view
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Neil Corcoran - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 268 pages
...subject - Pope gives some handy advice on this theme: When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw, The line too labours, and the words move slow: Not...o'er th' unbending corn, and skims along the main . . . (Essay on Criticism, 1711) Not only does Pope expand the last line to a hexameter, but he contracts...