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Undue brevity degenerates into mere epigrammatism. A very short poem, while now and then producing a brilliant or vivid, never produces a profound or enduring effect.
The work is rather too light & bright & sparkling;--it wants shade;--it wants to be stretched out here & there with a long Chapter--of sense if it could be had, if not of solemn specious nonsense--about something unconnected with the story; an Essay on Writing, a critique on Walter Scott, or the history of Buonaparte--or anything that would form a contrast & bring the reader with increased delight to the playfulness & Epigrammatism of the general stile.
Jane seems to have invented (in her Letters) I am a honey, not in OED; mamalone (Turkish-style headgear); nidgetty (pertaining to midwives); and epigrammatism (later picked up by Poe, 1849), in her own retro-assessment of Pride & Prejudice.
Pound's next collection, Lustra (1913), contains many exiguous lyrics like "Metro" and "Alba" and "Art 1910," but its keynote is a sarcastic epigrammatism. Pound tries for a concision out of Martial or the Greek Anthology in squibs like "The Garden": Like a skein of loose silk blown against a wall She walks by the railing of a path in Kensington Gardens, And she is dying piece-meal of a sort of emotional anemia.
The first of her last three novels, composed after a creative hiatus of nearly a decade, Mansfield Park was planned as a novel about "ordination" while Jane Austen awaited publication of Pride and Prejudice, a novel she criticized as being "rather too light" in its "playfulness and epigrammatism" (372).
- The work is rather too light & bright & sparkling; - it wants shade; - it wants to be stretched out here & there with a long Chapter - of sense if it could be had, if not of solemn specious nonsense - about something unconnected with the story; an Essay on Writing, a critique on Walter Scott, or the history of Buonaparte - or anything that would form a contrast & bring the reader with increased delight to the playfulness & Epigrammatism of the general stile.
"Undue brevity," Poe noted, "is just as exceptionable |in the short: story~ as in the poem," where it "degenerates into epigrammatism" and fails to produce "an intense and enduring impression" (47-48).
It is surely significant that Poe singled out this twelve-line poem to typify various merits of Osgood's poetry, such as "grace of expression," "facility in illustration," and her epigrammatism." This was in the Broad way Journal of December 13, 1845.
I must confess that I think her as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print, & how I shall be able to tolerate those who do not like her at least, I do not know." Despite Austen's delight in "the playfulness & Epigrammatism of the general stile," she claims to suspect that the novel is "rather too light & bright & sparkling," though the solutions she proposes--"an Essay on Writing, a critique on Walter Scott, or the history of Buonaparte"--parody the sort of self-important narrative voice she has rejected (4 February).