Excerpt from On the Use of Classical Metres in English The object of this paper will be an attempt to realize a dream, which has I suppose at one time or ather been present to most of us, that classical metres might find a place in our language t merely distantly similar to that which they held in Latin and Greek, but really and actually the same, governed by rules equally strict and perfect, and producing on the ear the same pure delight. Every one who has tried has failed. Either he has thrown quantity to the winds and written lines which resemble their models only in the number of the syllables and the exaggerated beat of the verse. Or he has felt himself so trammelled by rules of quantity that he has modified them and produced a hybrid which has the merits of neither. Or finally - and rarely - he has written perfect quantitative verse, but has been so hampered by English rules of accent that his writings have hardly reached one hundred lines. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.