The Nature of Verse


THE experimental results reported by Prof. Scripture in NATURE of October 11, p. 534, are of course to be accepted as accurate, but they do not lead inevitably to his conclusions. He is dealing only with "the physical nature of verse", with verse "as it comes from the speaker" and passes to the hearer. Of this he gives a faithful and valuable account; but it is wrong to draw conclusions as to the nature of verse from an inquiry into only one aspect of it.

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SMITH, E. The Nature of Verse. Nature 115, 15 (1925).

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