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ORTHOMETRY.
They fell together all as by consent;
They dropped as by a thunder stroke. What might,
Worthy Sebastian ? O what might ?—No more :
And yet, methinks, I see it in thy face
What thou should'st be : the occasion speaks thee ; and
My strong imagination sees a crown
Dropping upon thy head.
" Tempest:'
Omission of conjunctions is called Asyndeton.
(Jb). Pleonasm
is the introduction of superfluous words, in order to strengthen the expression or to keep the mind dwelling upon the thought, e.g. : What a length of tail behind! The sea-girt isle. In prose these would be condemned as tautological.
Nor to these idle orbs does day appear,
Or sun, or moon, or stars, throughout the year,
Or man, or woman.
Milton.
Now all these things are over—yes, all thy pretty ways— Thy needlework, thy prattle, thy snatches of old lays.
Macatday.
Such repetitions as these, says Coleridge, consti­tute beauty of the highest kind.
{c). Enallage
is the use of one part of speech for another, adjec­tives for adverbs, the past tense for the participle, as:
Those moYe easiest who have learned to dance.
Pope.






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