The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets: With Critical Observations on Their Works, Volume 3 (Google eBook)

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J. Nichols and son, Red-Lion-Passage, Fleet-Street, 1806 - Poets, English
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User Review  - Richard Epstein - Goodreads

It is not Johnson's fault that I am not included: I came along too late for that. Notwithstanding this unavoidable, but lamentable, omission, this is among the very greatest of biographical works, endlessly entertaining and informed by wisdom. Read full review

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The critical gold standard, of course, at the gold standard price of $650. Happily there are cheaper editions. Read full review

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Page 327 - words, that Young's unbounded genius appeared to greater advantage in the companion than even in the author; that the Chriftian was in him a character ftill more infpired, more enraptured, more fublime, than the poet; and that, in his ordinary converfation, letting down the golden chain from high, He drew his audience upward to the fky.
Page 90 - the deep ferene, And not a cloud o'ercafts the folemn fcene ; Around her throne the vivid planets roll, And ftars unnumber'd gild the glowing pole ; O'er the dark trees a yellower verdure fhed, And tip with filver every mountain's head ; Then ihine the vales, the rocks in profpeft rife, A flood of glory burfts from all the
Page 194 - that has once been afked, Whether Pope was a poet ; otherwife than by afking in return, if Pope be not a poet, where is poetry to be found ? To circumfcribe poetry by a definition will only fhew the narrownefs of the definer, though a definition which
Page 166 - circumference of fcience. Dryden knew more of man in his general nature, and Pope in his local manners. The notions of Dryden were formed by comprehenfive fpeculation ; and thofe of Pope by minute attention. There is more dignity in the
Page 90 - The confcious fwains, rejoicing in the fight, Eye the blue vault, and blefs the ufeful light. So many flames before proud Ilion blaze, And lighten glimmering Xanthus with their rays ; The long reflection of the diftant fires . Gleam on the walls, and tremble on the fpires. A thoufand piles the dufky horrors gild, And
Page 233 - of Milton, or of any other poet, than the rhymes of Prior are the rhymes of Cowley. His numbers, his paufes, his diction, are of his own growth, without tranfcription, without imitation. He thinks in a peculiar train, and he thinks always as a man of
Page 109 - almoft all the letters of the alphabet (the '' greateft part of them at random :) but fuch was " the number of poets eminent in that art, that " fome one or other took every letter to himfelf: *' all fell into fo violent a fury, that, for half a year " or more, the common newfpapers (in moft of "which
Page 280 - charmer to vie j How they vary their accents in vain, Repine at her triumphs, and die. In the fourth I find nothing better than this natural ftrain of Hope: Alas ! from the day that we met, What hope of an end to my woes, When I
Page 85 - from what offended Power ? Latona's fon a dire contagion fpread, And heap'd the camp with mountains of the dead ; The King of men his reverend prieft defy'd, And for the King's offence the people dy'd. Declare, O Goddefs, what offended Power Enflam'd their rage, in that ill-omen d hour ; anger fatal,
Page 126 - ought never to have another anfwer, " and deferved not fo good an one. I can only fay, " you do him too much honour, and me too much " right, fo odd as the expreffion feems; for you '' have made my fyftem as clear as I ought to have '' done, and could not. It is indeed the fame

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