Who saw life steadily, and saw it whole: The mellow glory of
the Attic stage; Singer of sweet
Colonus, and its child. Matthew Arnold Of Sophocles. The Strayed Reveller, and Other
Poems,'To a Friend'.
man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that
he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the
lumber room of his library, where he can get it if he wants
it. SirArthur Conan Doyle The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,'The Five Orange
OAttic shape! Fair attitude! John Keats Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and Other
Poems,'Ode on a Grecian Urn',
Till civil-suited Morn appear, Not tricked and
frounced as she was wont With the Attic boy
to hunt, But kerchiefed in a
comely cloud. John Milton c.1631 Il Penseroso, l.122^5.
Our fathers have, in process of centuries, provided this realm, its colonies
and wide dependencies, with a speech as malleable
and pliant as Attic, dignified as Latin, masculine,
yet free of Teutonic guttural, capable of being precise as
French, dulcet as Italian, sonorous as Spanish, and
captaining all these excellences to its service. SirArthurThomas known as 'Q' Quiller-Couch The Oxford Book of EnglishVerse, preface.