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POETIC TRIFLES.
In this chapter we wish to direct the student's footsteps into those by-paths of the garden of poesy where grow innumerable wild flowers with pretty blossoms and polished berries., which, for want of a more suitable name, are known as Social or Occasional verses* It may be said that they stand in the same relation to the higher forms of poetry that a pyrotechnic display does to " the immortal Jove's dread clamours." Poets and scholars in all ages and countries have taken de­light, in their leisure moments, in throwing off these metrical playthings, as momentary thought or passing incident suggested the occasion. Here, for instance, are some verses tossed off " in the ten minutes before dinner:"
Fast falls the snow, 0 lady mine ! Sprinkling the lawn with crystals fine : But, by the gods, we won't repine.
While we're together We'll chat and rhyme, and kiss and dine,
Defying weather.
• It would be next to sacrilege to class Pope's Rape of the Lock under this heading, but it is undoubtedly the most brilliant Occasional poem in the language.






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