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ORTHOMETRY.
(f). Trochaic Hexameter. Normal line, Twelve Syllables
There are but few examples of this measure.
Holy, | holy, ) holy, | all the | saints a | dore Thee, Casting | down their | golden | crowns a | round the | glassy | sea.                                                             Heber.
Here is a specimen of this verse truncated.
Love with | rosy | fetter | held us | firmly | bound; Pure un | mixed en | joyment | grateful | here we | found. Bosom | bosom | meeting | 'gainst our | youths we | pressed; Bright the | morn a | rose then | glad to | see us | blessed
G. Borrow
(g and h). Trochaic Heptameter and Octameter.
Normal lines Fourteen and Sixteen Syllables.
There are but few symmetrical poems in these measures, although^ they have been freely used by Longfellow, Lord Lytton, Aytoun, and Tennyson in irregular combinations. Tennyson's Locksley Hall and Poe's Raven supply good examples.
Cursed | be the | social | wants that | sin a | gainst the | strength of | youth !
Cursed | be the | social | lies that | warp us | from the | living | truth !
Cursed | be the | sickly | forms that | err from | honest | na­ture's rule !
Cursed | be the | gold that | gilds the | straitened | fore­head | of the | fool!
Tennyson.






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