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Examples of Chaucerian
By whatever title your Augustan verse-maker labels his poem, his genius, like Pindar's, disdains to be cramped by the subject.
I am not going so to free your experiment from the difficulties of rhyme.
Of "The Court of Love," three-fourths are here presented; of "The Assembly of Fowls," "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale," "The Flower and the Leaf," all; of "Chaucer's Dream," one-fourth; of "The House of Fame," two-thirds; and of the minor poems such a selection as may give an idea of Chaucer's power in the "occasional" department of verse.
Apart from "The Romaunt of the Rose," no really important poetical work of Chaucer's is omitted from or unrepresented in the present edition.
In Christabel Coleridge believed he was inventing a new prosodic principle, that of counting the stresses rather than the syllables; and though he erred with respect to the originality of his principle, he succeeded in getting a freer movement than the couplet had had since Chaucer.
Never has the short couplet revealed its flexibility to better advantage than in Milton's L'Allegro and Il Penseroso and in Coleridge's Christabel.