Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, HEXAMETERS AND PENTAMETERS, by ALFRED TENNYSON

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HEXAMETERS AND PENTAMETERS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: These lame hexameters the strong-wing'd music of homer!
Last Line: Barbarous experiment, barbarous hexameters.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tennyson, Lord Alfred; Tennyson, 1st Baron; Tennyson Of Aldworth And Farringford, Baron
Subject(s): Homer (10th Century B.c.); Poetry & Poets; Translating & Interpreting; Iliad; Odyssey

THESE lame hexameters the strong-wing'd music of Homer!
No -- but a most burlesque barbarous experiment.
When was a harsher sound ever heard, ye Muses, in England?
When did a frog coarser croak upon our Helicon?
Hexameters no worse than daring Germany gave us,
Barbarous experiment, barbarous hexameters.

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