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Poem by Capel Lofft


True Structure of the Sonnet Should Be Observ'd by Authors of Genius Who Thus Entitle Their Poem


Ye, whose aspirings court the Muse of lays
"Severest of those orders which belong
Distinct and separate to Delphic song"
Why shun the sonnet's undulating maze?
Or why its name, boast of Petrarcan days,
Assume, its rules disown'd?Чwhom from the throng
The Muse selects, their ear the charm obeys
Of its full harmony:Чthey fear to wrong
The sonnet by adorning with a name
Of that distinguisht import, lays, though sweet,
Yet not in magic texture taught to meet
Of that so varied and peculiar frame.
O think, to vindicate its genuine praise
Those it becomes whose lyre a favoring impulse sways.



Capel Lofft


Capel Lofft's other poems:
  1. To the Sea
  2. Love's Likeness
  3. The Sports of the Field
  4. Troston Hall
  5. To Coleridge

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