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" I will compose poetry". The greatest poet even cannot say it; for the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness... "
A Dictionary of Quotations in Prose: From American and Foreign Authors ... - Page 418
edited by - 1889 - 701 pages
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Poet Lore, Volume 24

1913
...the way and the limits.' This is precisely what Shelley says of poetry: 'The mind in creation is like a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like...inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness. . . . When composition begins, inspiration is already on the wane.' Or Shakespeare's: 'Thence comes...
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A Treasury of English Prose

Logan Pearsall Smith - 1920 - 237 pages
...reasoning, a power to be exerted according to the determination of the will. A man cannot say, " I will compose poetry." The greatest poet even cannot...brightness; this power arises from within, like the colour of a flower which fades and changes as it is developed, and the conscious portions of our natures...
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Peacock's Four Ages of Poetry ; Shelley's Defence of Poetry ; Browning's ...

Thomas Love Peacock - 1921 - 112 pages
...reasoning, a power to be ^exerted according to the determination of the will. A man cannot say, " I will compose poetry." The greatest poet even cannot...which some invisible influence, like an "inconstant wind7~awakens to transitory brightness : this power arises from within, like the colour of a flower...
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The Poet's Poet: Essays on the Character and Mission of the Poet as ...

Elizabeth Atkins - 1922 - 361 pages
...thought its tribute brings Of waters. Again, in The Defense of Poetry he says, The mind in creation is a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like...it is developed, and the conscious portions of our nature are unprophetic either of its approach or departure. Wordsworth, too, thinks of his gift as...
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English Critical Essays (nineteenth Century)

Edmund David Jones - 1924 - 610 pages
...reasoning, a power to be exerted according to the determination of the will. A man cannot say, ' I will compose poetry.' The greatest poet even cannot...brightness ; this power arises from within, like the colour of a flower which fades and changes as it is developed, and the conscious portions of our natures...
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Words and Idioms: Studies in the English Language

Logan Pearsall Smith - 1925 - 299 pages
...reasoning, a power to be exerted according to the determination of the will. A man cannot say, ' I will compose Poetry.' The greatest poet even cannot...brightness ; this power arises from within, like the colour of a flower which fades and changes as it is developed, and the conscious portions of our natures...
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Words and Idioms: Studies in the English Language

Logan Pearsall Smith - 1925 - 299 pages
...reasoning, a power to be exerted according to the determination of the will. A man cannot say, ' I will compose Poetry.' The greatest poet even cannot...brightness ; this power arises from within, like the colour of a flower which fades and changes as it is developed, and the conscious portions of our natures...
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Offcuts: From a Legal Literary Life

Nicholas Hasluck - 1993 - 252 pages
...not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according to a determination of the will. Man cannot say 'I will compose poetry'. The greatest poet even cannot say it; for the mind in creation is a fading coal which some invisible influence, like a constant wind, awakens to transitory brightness....
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The Selected Poetry & Prose of Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley - 1994 - 692 pages
...like reasoning, a power to be exerted according to the determination of the will. A man cannot say, 'I will compose poetry.' The greatest poet even cannot...brightness; this power arises from within, like the colour of a flower which fades and changes as it is developed, and the conscious portions of our nature...
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Narrative and Freedom: The Shadows of Time

Gary Saul Morson - 1994 - 331 pages
...to the determination of the will," writes Shelley. "A man cannot say, 'I will compose poetry' . . . for the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which...influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness."12 Whether it is an inconstant wind, a muse, the gods, or the subconscious that reveals...
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