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" Then, Sir, what is poetry?" JOHNSON: "Why, Sir, it is much easier to say what it is not. We all know what light is; but it is not easy to tell what it is. "
Calcutta Review - Page 1
1857
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Comprehending an Account of His ..., Volume 2

James Boswell - 1791 - 516 pages
...common mark." BOSWELL. " Then, Sir, what is poetry ?" JOHNSON. " Why, Sir, it is much eafier to fay what it is not. We all know what light is; but it is not eafy to tell what it is." On Friday, April 12, I dined with him at our friend Tom Davies's, where we...
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The Monthly repository (and review)., Volume 11

1816
...his guide, philotopkeratidfriend."Wby, Sir," answered Johnson, " it is much easier to say •n hat it is not. We all know what light is ; but it is not easy to tell what it is." To hazard a definition of Poetry, after such a judgment, might be presumptuous: let us satisfy ourselves...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Comprehending an Account of ..., Volume 2

James Boswell - 1807
...Sixteen-string Jack1 towered above the common mark." BOSWELL. " Then Sir, what is poetry 1" JOHNSON. " Why, Sir, it is much easier to say what it is not. We all knmv what light is ; but it is not easy to tell what it is." On Friday, April 12, I dined with him...
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The life of Samuel Johnson. [With] The principal corrections and ..., Volume 3

James Boswell - 1816
...Sixteen-string Jack ' towered above the common mark." BOSWELL. " Then, Sir, what is poetry ? " JOHNSON. "Why, Sir, it is much easier to say what it is not....light is ; but it is not easy to tell what it is." On Friday, April 12, I dined with him at our friend Tom Davies's, where we met Mr. Cradock, of Leicestershire,...
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The Monthly Repository of Theology and General Literature, Volume 11

1816
...is Poetry ?" inquired Boswell* of his guide, philotopher and friend. "Why, Sir," answered Johnson, " it is much easier to say what it is not. We all know...what light is ; but it is not easy to tell what it a." To hazard a definition of Poetry, after such a judgment, might be presumptuous: let us satisfy...
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The life of Samuel Johnson, Volume 2

James Boswell - 1817
...above the common mark. Boswell. Then, Sir, what is poetry? Johnson. Why, Sir, it is much easier to my what it is not. We all know what light is; but it is not esey to tell what it is. OD Friday, April 12, 1 dined with him at our friend Tom Duvies'e, where we...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

James Boswell - 1820
...Sixteen-string Jack* towered above the common mark." BOSWELL. " Then, Sir, what is poetry ?" JOHNSON. "Why, Sir, it is much easier to say what it is not....light is ; but it is not easy to tell what it is." > * A noted highwayman, who after having been several times tried and acquitted, was at last hanged....
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Johnsoniana..

James Boswell - 1820 - 178 pages
...Sixteen-string Jack towered above the common mark." BOSWELL. " Then, sir, what is poetry ?" JOHNSON. " Why, sir, it is much easier to say what it is not....light is, but it is not easy to tell what it is." No. ,IV. POETS. BOSWELL. " You have read Gibber's Apology, sir?" JOHNSON. "Yes, it is very entertaining;...
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Johnsoniana..

James Boswell - 1820 - 178 pages
...Sixteen-string Jack towered above the common mark." BOSWELL. " Then, sir, what is poetry ?" JOHNSON. " Why, sir, it is much easier to say what it is not. We all hnow what light is, but it is not ea.y to tell what it is." No. IV. POETS. BOSWELL. " You have read...
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The life of Samuel Johnson. Copious notes by Malone, Volume 3

James Boswell - 1821
...Sixteen-string Jack' towered above the common mark." BOSWELL. " Then, sir, what is poetry ?" JOHNSON. " Why, sir, it is much easier to say what it is not....light is; but it is not easy to tell what it is." I introduced Aristotle's doctrine in his "Art of Poetry," of "the x9af<n; rtuv Tta.8ytj.a.Tuir,ihe...
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