"He sang the creation of the world, the origin of man, and all the history of Genesis; and made many verses
on the departure of the children of Israel out of Egypt, and their entering into the land of promise, with many other histories from holy writ."
After this he composed the "Odyssey" in twelve thousand verses, having previously written the "Iliad" in fifteen thousand five hundred verses (5).
Next he went to Argos and there recited these verses from the "Iliad":
(2) The verses of Hesiod are called doubtful in meaning because they are, if taken alone, either incomplete or absurd.
"'Two Latin verses
!' and, for 'two Latin verses
,' the miserable being has been in prison for ten years!"
Whether true poetry or mere intellectual cleverness is the predominant element may reasonably be questioned; but on many readers Donne's verse exercises a unique attraction.
In vigorous reaction against the sometimes nerveless melody of most contemporary poets Donne often makes his verse as ruggedly condensed (often as obscure) and as harsh as possible.
two Mark quotes Isaiah the prophet (actually half the quote is from Malachi, but that is still another issue), and verse
four abruptly begins to speak of John the Baptizer.
The audience's aural perception of the verse
boundary has another aspect.
Somewhere, I and other students were taught and learned this verse
as well as the traditional first verse
-- I suspect it was in grammar or high school in Chicago in the 1950s.
This paper will consider Deuteronomy 9:7, a verse
whose genre and audience are unclear, and have been under debate for centuries.