Phrases with "vowel"

Sidney Colvin He often spoke of the subject, and once maintained his view against Wordsworth when the latter seemed to be advocating a mechanical principle of vowel variation. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Jane Austen What a difference a vowel makes! If his rents were but equal to his rants! Your cousin Edmund moves slowly; detained, perchance, by parish duties. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

It may then be reduced almost wholly to vowel sounds, and from the lips of some speakers it is really no more consonantal than if it came from the beaks of birds. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

William Makepeace Thackeray How does that vowel feel this morning? — fresh, good-humored, and lively? The Roundabout lines, which fall from this pen, are correspondingly brisk and cheerful. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Andrew Lang The verse, which was chanted, is not rhymed as a rule, but each laisse, or screed, as in the “Chanson de Roland,” runs on the same final assonance, or vowel sound throughout. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

Edgar Allan Poe What the modern chiefly appreciates and admires in the Greek hexameter is the melody of the abundant vowel sounds. The Rationale of Verse by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

Algernon Blackwood It’s like the vowel in the ancient languages — put in later, according to the meaning. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Edgar Allan Poe Of course, it is not the vowel that is long (although the rule says so), but the syllable of which the vowel is a part. The Rationale of Verse by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

James Joyce LES JUPES, they call them in Belgium. The vowel was so modified as to be indistinct. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Andrew Lang The vowel i, of li, nominative masculine of the article” (li Reis, “the king”), “never occurs in the text after line 2647. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang