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190
ORTHOMETRY.
Hath scathed the forest oaks or mountain pines, With singed top their stately growth, though bare, Stands on the blasted heath.
Here, from the second line to the sixth, there are as many different pauses as lines.
When a pause falls on the third, or fifth, or seventh syllable of a verse, the foot in which it stands will generally be a pyrrhic, because the connecting words of our language, as conjunctions, &c, are all unaccented ; it would therefore be a weak foot, which is sometimes to be guarded against, in order to preserve what Pope calls " the full resounding line, the majestic march," of the heroic measure. To this Milton has attended in many passages ; for example :
In every line here, except the last, the syllable following the pause is accented; this makes the foot an iambic, and gives a fulness to the measure. No modern poet would venture to construct a pas­sage such as the last one.