He will not do
this by way of censuring the poets for such peculiarities, for poets are usually the servants of their
metres and are allowed such licence that faults
are given other names when they occur in poetry:
for we style them metaplasms,1schematisms and
schemata,2 as I have said, and make a virtue of
necessity. Their aim will rather be to familiarise the
pupil with the artifices of style and to stimulate his
1 The formation of cases of nouns and tenses of verbs from
a non-existent nom. or pres.: or more generally any change
in the forms of a word.
2schematismus and schemata both seem to mean the same,
Quintilian. With an English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1920.
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