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IMITATIVE HARMONY.
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The first four feet of this line, being pure iambics, proceed regularly and evenly on till they are con­trasted by the fifth, which is admirably composed to represent, by its consonants, short vowels, and accents, the stop and ceasing of the motion. Change the order of words thus:
The wheels of weary life stood still at last,
and the expression is lost; so it would be if the vowels in the last foot were long.
The contrast, in Milton's description, of the opening of the gates of Heaven and of Hell is very remarkable:
Heaven opened wide Her ever-during gates, harmonious sound, On golden hinges turning.
On a sudden open fly, With impetuous recoil and jarring sound, The infernal doors ; and on their hinges grate Harsh thunder.
Keats describes the gliding motion of the clouds by the use of liquid consonants :
And let the clouds of even and of morn Float in voluptuous fleeces o'er the hills.
And the soothing nature of a lullaby is expressed by Shakspere in a similar way:
Philomel with melody Sing in one sweet lullaby; Lulla, lulla, lullaby.