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[11] But, above all, effects of extraordinary sublimity are produced when the theme is exalted by a bold and almost hazardous metaphor and inanimate objects are given life and action, as in the phrase

Araxes' flood that scorns a bridge,

Aen. viii. 728.
or in the passage of Cicero,1 already quoted,

1 Pro Lit. iii. 9. See VIII. iv. 27.

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