What you can say is most unseasonable;Bad speaking is here materialised as actual bad breath; and both are embodied in deliberately slanting verse. The Latinism 'absonant' (glorious word) wrongfoots us, that 'field-violet' is haunted by 'feel' and 'violate', both relevant to the overall point of the speech, 'cheers' hovers akwardkly between 'makes cheerful' and 'cheers aloud'. Expertly compacted.
Most absonant and harsh. Nay, your perfume,
Which I smell hither, cheers not my sense
Like our field-violet's breath.
Sunday, 23 May 2010
From a late Shakespeare play: