Poets' Corner to Poisoners
Poets' Corner (The). In Westminster Abbey. The popular name given to the south corner, because some sort of recognition is made of several British poets of very varied merits. As a national Valhalla, it is a national disgrace. It is but scant honour to be ranked with Davenant, Mason, and Shadwell. Some recognition is taken of five of our first-class poets- viz. Chaucer, Dryden, Milton, Shakespeare, and Spenser. Wordsworth and Tennyson are recognised, but not Byron, Pope, Scott, and Southey. Gray is very properly acknowledged, but not Cowper. Room is found for Longfellow, an American, but none for Burns and Hogg, both Scotchmen.
Poets Laureate appointed by letters patent.
Poetaster A very inferior poet. The suffix -aster is depreciative (compare disaster). At one time we had also grammatic-aster, politic-aster, critic-aster, and some others. (Italian, poetastro, a paltry poet.)
Poetical Justice That ideal justice which poets exercise in making the good happy, and the bad unsuccessful in their evil schemes.
Poetry on the Greek Model (See Chiabreresco. )
Pogram A creak-shoes, a Puritanical starch mawworm.
Poille An Apulian horse. The horses of Apulia were very greatly valued at one time. Richard, Archbishop
of Armagh in the fourteenth century, says of St. Thomas, Neither the mule of Spain, the courser of
Apulia, the repedo of Ethiopia, the elephant of Asia, the camel of Syria, nor the English ass, is bolder
or more combative than he.
Therto so horsly, and so quyk of ye,Poins One of the companions of Sir John Falstaff. (Shakespeare: 1 and 2 Henry IV.)
Point Defined by Euclid as that which hath no parts. Playfair defines it as that which has position but
not magnitude, and Legendre says it is a limit terminating a line; but none of these definitions can
be called either philosophical or exact. A point is not necessarily a limit terminating a line, for if so a
point could not exist, even in imagination, without a line. Besides, Legendre's definition presupposes
that we know what a line is; but assuredly a point precedes a line, as a line precedes a superficies.
To arrive at Legendre's idea we must begin with a solid, and say a superficies is the limit terminating
each face of a solid, lines are the limits terminating a superficies, and points are the limits terminating
a line. In regard to Euclid's definition, we say: Ex nihilo nihil fit.
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