The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets: Cowley. Denham. Milton. Butler. Rochester. Roscommon. Otway. Waller. Pomfret. Dorset. Stepney. J. Phillips. Walsh. Dryden. Smith. Duke. King. Sprat. Halifax. Parnell. Garth. Rowe. Addison. Hughes. Sheffield, duke of Buckinghamshire
Samuel Etheridge, jun'r., 1810
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Page 27 - when the other far doth roam, It leans, and hearkens after it, And grows erect as that comes home.. Such wilt thou be to me, who must Like th' other foot obliquely run. Thy firmness makes my circle just, And makes me end where I begun. DONNE. In all these examples it is apparent, that whatever is improper
Page 27 - 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 fix'd foot, makes no show To move, but doth, if th' other do. And though it in the centre sit, Vet when the other far doth roam, It leans, and hearkens after it,
Page 45 - tall ship's mast should be. Milton of satan. His spear, to equal which the tallest pine Hewn on Norwegian hills, to be the mast Of some great admiral, were but
Page 15 - they were often worth the carriage. To write on their plan it was at least necessary to read and think. No man could be born a metaphysical poet, nor assume the dignity of a writer, by descriptions copied from descriptions, by imitations borrowed from imitations, by traditional imagery, and hereditary similies, by readiness of rhyme, and volubility of syllables.
Page 272 - particular arts. Words too familiar, or too remote, defeat the purpose of a poet. From those sounds which we hear on small or on coarse occasions, we do not easily receive strong impressions, or delightful images; and words to which we are nearly strangers, whenever they occur, draw that attention
Page 97 - is owing to you ; for you put it in my head by the question you put to me at Chalfont, which otherwise I had not thought of." His last poetical offspring was his favourite. He could not, as
Page 272 - is totally free from disproportion of parts and features, cannot be ridiculed by an overcharged resemblance. From his prose, however, Dryden derives only his accidental and secondary praise ; the veneration with which his name is pronounced by every cultivator of English literature, is paid to him as he refined the language, improved the sentiments, and
Page 13 - an imitative art, these writers will, without great wrong, lose their right to the name of poets ; for they cannot be said to have imitated any thing ; they neither copied nature nor life ; neither painted the forms of matter, nor represented the operations of intellect. they
Page 160 - been afraid to marry, and perhaps married one whom he would have been ashamed to praise. Many qualities contribute to domestic happiness, upon which poetry has no colours to bestow ; and many airs and sallies may delight imagination, which he who flatters them never can approve. There
Page 302 - it has is noble. No, there is a necessity in fate, Why still the brave bold man is fortunate ; He keeps his object ever full in sight; And that assurance holds him firm and right; True, 'tis a narrow way that leads to bliss, *\ But right before there is no precipice