Alexander Pope

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

Sound And Sense - Poem by Alexander Pope

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,
The line too labors, and the words move slow;
Not so, when swift Camilla scours the plain,
Flies o'er the unbending corn, and skims along the main.
Hear how Timotheus' varied lays surprise,
And bid alternate passions fall and rise!


Comments about Sound And Sense by Alexander Pope

  • Bronze Star - 2,821 Points Bernard Snyder (6/11/2015 12:43:00 PM)

    Very nice poem! Thanks for sharing! (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 28,614 Points Edward Kofi Louis (6/11/2015 4:10:00 AM)

    Soft is the strain! Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,325 Points Shahzia Batool (6/11/2015 12:22:00 AM)

    A worthy poem indeed...True ease in writing comes from art, not chance...! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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