Quotation by Lucy Larcom

A tattered copy of Johnson's large Dictionary was a great delight to me, on account of the specimens of English versifications which I found in the Introduction. I learned them as if they were so many poems. I used to keep this old volume close to my pillow; and I amused myself when I awoke in the morning by reciting its jingling contrasts of iambic and trochaic and dactylic metre, and thinking what a charming occupation it must be to "make up" verses.
Lucy Larcom (1824–1893), U.S. poet and teacher. A New England Girlhood, ch. 6 (1889).

The English literary scholar, Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) published his monumental Dictionary of the English Language in 1755. It was the first comprehensive English-language lexicon.
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