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The Reynolds-Hood commonplace book.11 Poets themselves indicated their engagement with contemporary poetry through direct or indirect imitation, opposition, and celebration. Byron had made a number of conspicuous dedications of his work to other contemporary poets - The Giaour to Rogers, and The Corsair to Moore - and in 1820 we find Shelley dedicating The Cenci to Hunt, and Hunt dedicating his Amyntas to Keats. Byron used a quotation from Moore for his epigraph to The Giaour, and, looking to 1820, we find others following suit. Barry Cornwall provided epigraphs for the three parts of his Marcian Colonna, Byron (Lament of Tasso, 1817) supplying the epigraph to the first part, Coleridge (Sibylline Leaves of 1817) and John Wilson (Isle of Palms, a Lake-Poet-influenced volume of 1812) supplying that to the second, and Wordsworth ( Vaudracour and Julia just published in 1820 with The River Duddon Sonnets) supplying that to the third. Again, Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen included in his Julia...
Gray's Elegy provided tremendously successful. The Monthly Review noted, This excellent little piece is so much read, and so much admired by every body, that to say more of it would be superfluous. It enjoyed multiple reprinting and wide imitations in English as well as other languages. In addition to the familiar version, an earlier shorter version later labeled the Eton manuscript exists, containing four stanzas eventually removed by Gray. It is one of three surviving original manuscripts. A second rendition appears in Gray's commonplace book, while the third exists in the British Museum as Egerton MS 2400.
Robert Burns wrote in 1785 in his Commonplace Book There is a certain irregularity in the old Scotch Songs, a redundancy of syllables with respect to that exactness of accent and measure which the English Poetry requires. 25 The stanza we now name for him, Burns meter, is a six-line stanza form using a tail rhyme, or rhyme that unites the stanzas (in Burns stanza, aaabab) all the a lines are tetrameter and the b lines are dimeter. In To a Louse and other comic poems, Burns makes clever use of the comic surprise that the return of the b rhyme affords inversely, Wordsworth creates, in his elegy, At the Grave of Burns. 1803. Seven Years After His Death, a sense of melancholy by turning to the serious task of mourning its maker. Here is the last stanza
This scripture also formed part of the medieval liturgy for Ash Wednesday, the day on which Christians were exhorted to remember their mortality. Each of the subsequent adaptations of Erthe toc of the Erthe with woh retains a distinctly ironic flavor intended to stir the reader to penitence upon the realization of his vile origins and the brevity of this life. Erthe is one of the most enduring literary examples of the memento mori (reminder of death). Forms of the poem frequently appear in medieval commonplace books or in the surplus leaves at the beginning or end of manuscripts, as well as on tombstones as a popular epitaph.
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