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Essorant
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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).]

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http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/410/grammar/colons.htm

Here's a good explanation of the use of both colons and semi-colons.  While the colon has several uses, the semi-colon is used in place of a comma and subsequent conjunction; it joins two closely related independent clauses which would normally be combined with a comma to make one subordinate to the other.  It is used especially in cases where one of the clauses contains parenthetical phrases set off by commas....
Essorant
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Thank'ee Nan.  
greco
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My english teacher told me that after every Colon there is always a gush of information waiting to be explored
hope this helps
 
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