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1/4                             OR THOMETRY.
it in his Canterbury Tales towards the end of the fourteenth century, and all succeeding poets have made use of it more or less, it was long looked down upon as a barbarous innovation, and is still regarded by some as a meretricious aid to " poesie divine." All the very greatest poems in all languages are rhymeless. The additional restrictions that it im­poses upon the freedom of the poet have caused it to be discarded in all the masterpieces of poetic art. Some few noble and lengthy poems, like Spenser's Fairie Queen and Byron's Childe Harold, no doubt owe much of their charm to its em­bellishments, but its use seems more suitably re­stricted to lyrical pieces of all kinds, as well as to verse of a descriptive and humorous kind.

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