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at 135-36 (stating that punishments involving torture, such as "where the prisoner was drawn or dragged to the place of execution, in treason; or where he was embowelled alive, beheaded, and quartered, in high treason.
It is precisely at the point of the invasion, a "flood that swelled from some embowelled mount of woe" that Dobell most clearly breaks from metrical regularity (and note again in "emboweled" the excremental trope, which Dobell consistently links to rhythmic spasm):
The old poets, he writes, bending some lines from Burke, had "warm hearts of flesh and blood beating in their bosoms and were not embowelled of their natural entrails, and stuffed with paltry blurred sheets of paper.