Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0014297, Wed, 6 Dec 2006 22:12:37 -0500

Zesty and the like
Charles' useful post about adjectives ending in "y" caused me
to immediately conjure a truly, I think, bad line from Milton's
Lycidas--a line which happens to include one of John Shade's
chosen y words:

"With nectar pure his oozy locks he laves..."

Ugh! Not only is the image unintentionally comic, it also
demonstrates that tendency to pad the pentameter line with
two syllable adjectives, which Charles also noted a while back.

Matt Roth

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