By John Raymond Howard

Considering the immense volume of poetical writing produced, and lost or accumulated, by all nations through the ages, it is of curious interest that no generally accepted definition of the word Poetry has ever been made. Of course, all versifiers aim at poetry yet, what is poetry Many definitions have been attempted. Some of these would exclude work by poets whom the world agrees to call great others would shut out elements that are undeniably poetic still others, while not excluding, do not...

Scandal

Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, And, without sneering, teach the rest to sneer Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike, Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike. Satires Prologue. A. POPE. And there's a lust in man no charm can tame Of loudly publishing our neighbor's shame On eagles' wings immortal scandals fly, While virtuous actions are but born and die. Satire IX. JUVENAL. Trans. of G. HARVEY. There's nothing blackens like the ink of fools. If true, a woful likeness and,...

Admiration

She is pretty to walk with, And witty to talk with, And pleasant, too, to think on. Brennoralt, Act ii. SIR J. SUCKLING. But from the hoop's bewitching round, Her very shoe has power to wound. Fables The Spider and the Bee. E. MOORE. Which, on the shaft that made him die, Espied a feather of his own, Wherewith he wont to soar so high. To a Lady singing a Song of his Composing. E. WALLER. See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand O, that I were a glove upon that hand, That I might touch that...

With Crossreferences

Action Deeds Labor Resolution Success Adornment Beauty Dress Fashion Hair Jewel Adventure Battle Courage Heroism Hunting War Adversity Comfort Consolation Cowardice Grief Life Loss Memory Patience Appearance Admiration Adornment Beauty Compliment Dress Face Fashion Hair Woman Argument Conversation Oratory Reasons Speech Aristocracy Courtesy Gentleman Labor Man Manners Nobility Art Architecture Fancy Imagination Music Nature Painting Poet, The Poetry Sculpture Aspiration Faith God Hope Prayer...

Adversity

Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head. As You Like It, Act i. Sc. 3. SHAKESPEARE. Calamity is man's true touchstone. Four Plays in One The Triumph ofHonor, Sc. 1. BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER. More safe I sing with mortal voice, unchanged To hoarse or mute, though fallen on evil days, On evil days though fallen, and evil tongues. Paradise Lost, Bk. VII. MILTON. Tho' losses and crosses Be lessons right severe, There's wit there,...