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‘From this it may be inferred that the speech (i. e. prose composition) should have rhythm, but not metre; otherwise it will be a poem (verse-composition). Its rhythm however should not be exactly and nicely finished’: (i. e. with exact and systematic accuracy so as to be continuous, and pervade the whole structure of the writing. The description of prose rhythm by Hermogenes, περὶ ἰδεῶν ά, Introd. p. 391, Appendix on ῥυθμός, will serve as a commentary on this and μέχρι τοῦ): ‘and this will be effected if it be only carried up to a certain point (and there stop short; left incomplete and irregular; not finished and systematic, like verse)’.
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