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Imitated From Aristophanes Post by :onewil486 Category :Poems Author :Samuel Taylor Coleridge Date :August 2011 Read :937

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Imitated From Aristophanes

(_Nubes_ 315, 317.)

+megalai theai andrasin argois,
haiper gnômên kai dialexin kai noun hêmin parechousi
kai terateian kai perilexin kai krousin kai katalêpsin+

For the ancients . . . had their glittering VAPORS, which (as the comic poet tells us) fed a host of sophists.

Great goddesses are they to lazy folks,
Who pour down on us gifts of fluent speech,
Sense most sententious, wonderful fine _effect_,
And how to talk about it and about it,
Thoughts brisk as bees, and pathos soft and thawy.


1817





(The end)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem: Imitated From Aristophanes

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