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Alexander Pope

(21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744 / London / England)

Poems of Alexander Pope

81. Windsor Forest 3/30/2010
82. Winter - The Fourth Pastoral, or Daphne 3/30/2010
83. You Know Where You Did Despise 1/3/2003

Sound and Sense

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance,
As those move easiest who have learned to dance.
'Tis not enough no harshness gives offense,
The sound must seem an echo to the sense:
Soft is the strain when Zephyr gently blows,
And the smooth stream in smoother numbers flows;
But when loud surges lash the sounding shore,
The hoarse, rough verse should like the torrent roar;
When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw,

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