An Introduction to the Classics; Containing, A Short Discourse on Their Excellencies; and Directions how to Study Them to Advantage. With an Essay, on the Nature and Use of Those Emphatical and Beautiful Figures which Give Strength and Ornament to Writing. By Anthony Blackwall ...
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Page 90 - ... thus saith the Lord ; Behold, I will give Pharaoh-hophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies, and into the hand of them that seek his life...
Page 183 - I absolve: all my evasions vain, And reasonings, though through mazes, lead me still But to my own conviction : first and last On me, me only, as the source and spring Of all corruption, all the blame lights due; So might the wrath!
Page 176 - I 4 . they they will be attentive ; if he be indifferent, they will be perfectly carelefs and cold. Fire kindles Fire ; Life and Heat in the Speaker, enliven and infpirit the Reader. As we fee by common Experience, that one very gay and pleafarit Perfon propagates his chearful Humor where-ever he comes ; and gives a Vivacity to a whole Company.
Page 171 - When he fays one thing, and means another oppofite or contrary, 'tis an Irony : When he fays one thing, and means another like to it, it is a Metaphor : A Metaphor continued and often repeated, becomes an Allegory: A Metaphor carried to a great Degree of Boldnefs, is an Hyperbole ; and when at firft...
Page 20 - Adonis killed by the Boar, and others, you have the vigour and delicacy of Anacreon ; in his Hylas, and Combat of Pollux and Amycus, he is much more pathetical, clear and pleasant, than Apollonius on the same, or any other subject.
Page 245 - Thus, at their shady lodge arriv'd, both stood; Both turn'd, and under open sky ador'd The God that made both sky, air, earth, and heaven, Which they beheld, the moon's resplendent globe, And starry pole : Thou also mad'st the night, Maker Omnipotent, and thou the day...
Page 16 - Homer's poems be in the hands of the subjects of that government, was because he did not esteem ordinary men capable readers of them. They would be apt to pervert his meaning, and have wrong notions of God and religion, by taking his bold and beautiful allegories in too literJ a sense.
Page 202 - The most charming Repetitions are those, whereby the principal Words in a Sentence, either the same in Sound, or Signification, are repeated with such Advantage and Improvement, as raises a new Thought, or gives a musical Cadence and Harmony to the Period. These in English are call'd fine Turns; and are either upon the Words only, or the Thought, or both.
Page 250 - Father of th' immortal race, Smiling with that serene indulgent face, With which he drives the clouds and clears the skies, First gave a holy kiss ; then thus replies : "Daughter, dismiss thy fears; to thy desire The fates of thine are fix'd, and stand entire.