Regina, Saskatchewan; Canada
I have never found in grammarbooks or websites
a regard to the poetic use of the semi colon and colon and how they differ.
Consider how they are used in the passages from Scott's Marmion below:
"The shepherd shifts his mantle's fold,
And wraps him closer from the cold:
His dogs no merry circles wheel,
But shivering follow at his heel;
A cowering glance they often cast,
As deeper moans the gathering blast."
"Though not unmarked from northern clime,
Ye heard the Border Minstrel's rhyme:
His Gothic harp has o'er you rung;
The Bard you deigned to praise, your deathless names has sung."
Is there specific difference you ken?
As the colon is used here it seems to mark a more definite shifting to something different that accompanies the subject. And the with the semi-colon just shifting to anything different. See I am ill at ease about the use of these marks. Many definitions of of the colon are very vague as well.
How do you know for sure which one to use?
[This message has been edited by Essorant (09-22-2003 01:42 PM).]