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to a sentence, by what I have called the Flight of the voice. There is a familiar rule in elocution, which directs us to use a quickened utterance on the common parenthesis. This function may be extended to other grammatical constructions. I give it here the importance of a name, and of a detailed discussion, from the indispensable necessity of employing it, for the clear display of the sense of some of those instances of close trimmed phraseology and extreme inversion, which are occasionally found in the higher species of poetical composition.
In the following example, I have marked, in italics, the part which requires the flight of the voice:
The word "easily,' here qualifies the verb brook’d;' and I know no mode of showing this to the auditor, but by the rapid flight here directed. A London edition of Shaskpeare, from which I quote this passage, has a pause after Rome. The rationale of the flight, which lies in allowing the least possible lapse of time between the utterance of related words, suggests the obliteration of this pause, and the addition of a slight one after easily.' This tends to prevent the adverb from passing as a qualification of “keeping his state,' which certainly can not be the sense of the author; but which, at a glance of hearing, might be mistaken for it, without the aid of the altered pause and the flight. This is not the place to speak of the nice points of emphasis and of melody, to be connected with the flight of this passage, in order to give full lustre to its effect.
Say first, for Heaven hides nothing from thy view,
To make it appear at once, in speech, that the deep track of hell’ is, equally with “heaven,' a nominative to “hides,' the phrase of the monotone must be used at view,' in addition to the flight of the voice, on the portion marked in italics ;-nor should there be a pause at view,' as given by the editor.
Should the mere grammarian conceive objections to any of these proposed alterations of punctuation, I must beg him to
recur to the design of this section. We speak now of the means of addressing the ear; and its jealous demands sometimes justify a neglect of the usual temporal pauses, from the sense and expression in these cases being more obvious without them. The art of reading well admits of the resource of compensating for voluntary faults on some points, by the accomplishment of eminent effects on the others.
By the grouping of Emphasis, or what I here call the Emphatic Tie, I mean the application of emphasis to words, which would not otherwise require distinction, merely for the purpose of associating those ideas which can not, by any other mode of vocal syntax, if I may so speak, be brought together, or exhibited in their natural grammatical dependence. The process of this function may be easily understood : for related words, however disjoined in composition, are at once brought within the field of hearing, in their real relationships, whenever they are raised into attractive importance, by force or any other kind of emphasis.
The following stanza, from Collins' "Ode on the Passions,' will illustrate the nature of this mode of grouping.
When Cheerfulness, a nymph of healthiest hue,
The hunter's call, to Faun and Dryad known.
rung' pass for an active, instead of a neuter verb, and thereby render call the objective to it. To show, therefore, that by hunter's call the author means the inspiring air,' previously mentioned, the words marked in italics should receive strong emphasis. This is the best mode for restoring to the ear that natural order which is inverted in the composition.
This emphatic tie is often employed in combination with other of the means of grouping. Thus, in the several examples, illustrating the use of the phrases of melody, their influence will be assisted by applying the connecting emphasis to comet' and fires' _children's and passed'-_- peace' and faith.” In the examples of the flight, the relationships between the words • brook'd' and easily'—and between “heaven' and “deep track of hell,' will be made more manifest by the additional use of the emphatic tie.
In short, it is sometimes necessary to employ all the means of grouping upon a single sentence, in order to make the syntax and the sentiment obvious to the ear. The extreme distortion of English idiom in the following lines, must be exceedingly perplexing to a reader; and, so far as I know, can be rendered somewhat less embarrassing, only by the use of all these means.
The passage is taken from the fourth book of Paradise Lost, at the end of Satan's address to the sun.
Thus while he spake, each passion dimm’d his face
Milton uses the word "pale,' here, and at least in one other place of his poem, as a substantive. Its common adjectivemeaning tends to throw some confusion into the sentence. Ire, envy, and despair,' are in apposition with passion, and are severally concordant with the distributive pronoun each.' Now the only manner in which I can approximate towards a clear representation of this blameable piece of latinity, is by making a quick flight over the portion dimm'd his face thrice changed with pale,' and by an abatement thereon; by laying a strong emphasis on each passion, and on "ire, envy, and despair ;' and by applying the phrase of the rising ditone, with a marked temporal pause, at pale.'
After all, it is a hard picture to paint for a taste that will have true colors—well laid on.
In the present section, and in the two preceding, we have been occupied, more by considering the audible means of displaying the sense of discourse, than by pointing out the signs of expression. But the delineation of sense must, in all cases, be co-existent with the representation of what is distinctively called sentiment.
In this section, and in other parts of this essay, I have been induced to select examples for illustration, from the prime works of poetry ; inasmuch as the strength and variety of their execution, afford the widest field for the use of the remarkable functions of speech ; and because I am persuaded, that if the principles which I am endeavouring to establish, be comprehended by the reader, he will have no difficulty in applying them to the less intricate modes of prose. Yet I must again repeat, that I have taken upon myself the part of a physiologist, not of a rhetorician.
Of the Interval of the Octave.
In the foregoing history of expression, the part performed by the variations of Pitch was described, only as it appears in the radical and vanishing movement, through the interval of a single tone.
In speaking of the diatonic use of the concrete, and of its progress in the melody of simple narrative, it was said that the vanish never rises above the interval of tone; and that the variations of the radical pitch, whether upwards or downwards, never exceed the limits of this same interval. Now such unpassionate narrative as was then supposed, is rarely found of any continuance : but the mode and occasions of the exceptions having been reserved for future explanation, I avoided confusing the subject then in hand, by restrictive remarks, which could not have been understood without much digres*sive explanation. The wider intervals of pitch which are used for expression, are now to be described.
By the term Octave, which is set at the head of this section, is meant the concrete rise of the voice, from any assumed place, through superior parts of the scale, until it ends or vanishes in the eighth degree, or in the octave to that radical at which it began. This concrete interval is employed for the expression of interrogation; and it is further used as one of the means for distinguishing words, by the function which is called emphasis. The octave is not limited to those phrases alone which carry the common grammatical notation of a question. There are some declaratory sentences which are made interrogative, by intonation ; and there are many occasions in discourse, on which the sentiments of the speaker are so nearly poised between certainty and doubt, that he admits, by an interrogative movement, the hesitation of inquiry, in the very confidence of assertion. The octave being the widest interval of the speaking scale, is significant of the greatest vehemence or earnestness of an interrogative sense. It is likewise the appropriate mode of intonation, if the question is accompanied with sneer, contempt, mirth, raillery, and the temper or triumph of quick and of peevish argument.
From the time required in drawing out the interval of an octave, it must be obvious, that this mode of interrogation can be executed conspicuously, only on a syllable capable of prolongation—How then can the interrogative expression be given on a short and immutable syllable? The process by which this is done, will be described hereafter, with particular reference to interrogative sentences. It may be here transiently illustrated by the following notation :
In this scheme, it is visible that the discrete change or skip is made from the radical line of the concrete octave, to a line along the height of the vanish of that same octave. Now immutable syllables, in an interrogative sentence, are transferred by radical change to the summit of the concrete interrogative interval, and thus discretely produce the expressive effect of that interval, though less remarkably than the indefinite syllables which pass through the concrete rise. As there are more short syllables than long ones in most sentences, the discrete change, as here exhibited, must be the predominating mode of interrogative intonation. The above scheme shows further, that after the radical pitch has assumed the line of the