14 May 1992
Show More But I digress: The Exploitation of Parentheses in English Printed Verse by John Lennard.
Oxford, 324 pp., £35, November 1991, 0 19 811247 5Show More
“... value of all the non-exploitative (merely – merely! – functional) uses of lunulae. He throws down a very imprudent gauntlet, with for once more bravado than bravery, when he says of the moment in Gray’s Elegy, ‘Approach and read (for thou can’st read) the lay,’ that ‘Gray does nothing with the ostentatious parenthesis ... Gray has managed, in despite of Puttenham, to graft a parenthesis ...”