Thursday, February 11, 2016
From Selections from The Rambler, by Samuel Johnson
"That verse may be melodious and pleasing, it is necessary, not only that the words be so ranged as that the accent may fall on its proper place, but that the syllables themselves be so chosen as to flow smoothly into one another. This is to be effected by a proportionate mixture of vowels and consonants, and by tempering the mute consonants with liquids and semivowels."
From Rambler #88 (January 19, 1751)