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The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets, 1: With Critical ..., Том 2
Полный просмотр - 1839
Absalom and Achitophel admiration afterwards ancient appears beauties better blank verse called censure character Charles Charles Dryden Clarendon commission of array composition confessed considered Cowley criticism Davideis death defend delight diction Donne dramatic Dryden Duke Earl elegance English English poetry Euripides excellence fancy faults favour friends genius Georgics heaven heroic honour hope Hudibras images imagination imitation Jacob Tonson John Dryden kind King knowledge known labour Lady language Latin learning lines Lord Lord Conway Lord Roscommon manners Milton mind nature never nihil numbers opinion Paradise Lost Parliament passions perhaps perusal Pindar play pleasure poem poet poetical poetry pounds praise preface produced published reader reason relates remarks rhyme satire says seems sentiments shew shewn sometimes Sophocles Sprat supposed thee things thou thought tion tragedy translation truth verses versification Virgil virtue Waller words write written wrote
Стр. 95 - Memory and her siren daughters, but by devout prayer to that eternal Spirit who can enrich with all utterance and knowledge, and sends out his seraphim with the hallowed fire of his altar to touch and purify the lips of whom he pleases : to this must be added industrious and select reading, steady observation, insight into all seemly and generous arts and affairs; till which in some measure be compassed, at mine own peril and cost, I refuse not to sustain this expectation...
Стр. 75 - O could I flow like thee, and make thy stream My great example, as it is my theme! Though deep, yet clear, though gentle, yet not dull, Strong without rage, without o'er-flowing full.
Стр. 158 - He seems to have been well acquainted with his own genius, and to know what it was that nature had bestowed upon him more bountifully than upon others, — the power of displaying the vast, illuminating the splendid, enforcing the awful, darkening the gloomy, and aggravating the dreadful...
Стр. 390 - I am as free as Nature first made man, \ Ere the base laws of servitude began, [• When wild in woods the noble savage ran.
Стр. 35 - Our two souls, therefore, which are one, Though I must go, endure not yet A breach, but an expansion, Like gold to airy thinness beat. If they be two, they are two so As stiff twin compasses are two ; Thy soul, the fixed foot, makes no show To move, but doth, if th
Стр. 363 - English fleet each ship resounds with joy, And loud applause of their great leader's fame : In fiery dreams the Dutch they still destroy, And, slumbering, smile at the imagin'd flame.
Стр. 91 - Let not our veneration for Milton forbid us to look with some degree of merriment on great promises and small performance, on the man who hastens home, because his countrymen are contending for their liberty, and, when he reaches the scene of action, vapours away his patriotism in a private boarding-school.
Стр. 264 - All that pious verse can do is to help the memory and delight the ear, and for these purposes it may be very useful ; but it supplies nothing to the mind. The ideas of Christian theology are too simple for eloquence, too sacred for fiction, and too majestic for ornament ; to recommend them by tropes and figures is to magnify by a concave mirror the sidereal hemisphere.
Стр. 19 - But wit, abstracted from its effects upon the hearer, may be more rigorously and philosophically considered as a kind of discordia concors; a combination of dissimilar images, or discovery of occult resemblances in things apparently unlike. Of wit, thus defined, they have more than enough. The most heterogeneous ideas are yoked by violence together; nature and art are ransacked for illustrations, comparisons, and allusions ; their learning instructs, and their subtlety surprises ; but the reader...