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culties. Poets, like their brother artists the painters, have availed themselves of larger canvas and freer methods of treatment when depicting continuous heroic action, or in portraying the chequered drama of life; the minuteness and polish of the miniature picture is bestowed for the most part upon lyrical efforts.
Of epic and dramatic verse, which embraces nearly all the continuous forms of poetry, we have spoken elsewhere.
We now proceed to illustrate the various forms of stanza into which poets have moulded their verses with infinite variety. As these groups of verses not only vary in number from two to sixteen, and the verses themselves range in length from one to eight feet, it is obviously impossible to exhibit specimens of all varieties that may be found. We have, however, sel' cted with care as many and as varied illustrations of each kind as the subject demands.
(a]. Stanzas of Two Verses. These are called distichs or couplets.
Hard he laboured, long and well: Over his work the boy's curls fell.
Then back again his curls he threw, And cheerful turned to work anew.
R. Browning. " The i'.oy and the Angel."