Ancient Critical Essays Upon English Poets and PoŽsy, Volume 1

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Harding and Wright, 1811 - English literature
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Page xlv - The Arte of English Poesie. Contriued into three Bookes : The first of POETS and POESIE, the second of PROPORTION, the third of ORNAMENT.
Page 119 - I say not this but that in euery shyre of England there be gentlemen and others that speake, but specially write, as good Southerne as we of Middlesex or Surrey do, but not the common people of euery shire, to whom the gentlemen, and also their learned clarkes, do for the most part condescend ; but herein we are already ruled by th' English Dictionaries and other bookes written by learned men, and therefore it needeth none other direction in that behalfe.
Page 119 - Ye shall therefore take the vsuall speach of the Court, and that of London and the shires lying about London within Ix. myles, and not much aboue.
Page 186 - My true-love hath my heart, and I have his. His heart in me keeps him and me in one, My heart in him his thoughts and senses guides: He loves my heart, for once it was his own, I cherish his because in me it bides: My true love hath my heart and I have his.
Page 118 - Schollers vse much peeuish affectation of words out of the primatiue languages, or finally, in any vplandish village or corner of a Realme, where is no resort but of poore rusticall or vncinill people : neither shall he follow the speach of a craftes man or carter, or other of the inferiour sort, though he be inhabitant or bred in the best towne and Citie in this Realme, for such persons doe abuse good speaches by strange accents or ill shapen soundes, and false ortographie.
Page 67 - Poemes, which are commonly more commodiously vttered by these bufibns or vices in playes then by any other person. Such were the rimes of Skelton (vsurping the name of a Poet Laureat) being in deede but a rude rayling rimer & all his doings ridiculous...
Page 5 - Wherby it appeareth that our vulgar running Poesie was common to all the nations of the world besides, whom the Latines and Greekes in speciall called barbarous. So as it was, notwithstanding, the first and most ancient Poesie, and the most vniuersall; which two points do otherwise giue to all humane inuentions and affaires no small credit. This is proued by certificate of marchants...
Page 13 - Euen so is the phantasticall part of man (if it be not disordered) a representer of the best, most comely, and bewtifull images or apparances of thinges to the soule Ľ and according to their very truth.
Page 226 - Nicholas night commonly the scholars of the Country make them a Bishop, who like a foolish boy, goeth about blessing and preaching with so childish termes, as maketh the people laugh at his counterfaite speeches. Puttenham, The Arte of English Poesie, Lib. Ill, Chap. XXDI. Gadshill. Sirrah, if they meet not with Saint Nicholas...
Page 67 - ... blind harpers or such like taverne minstrels that give a fit of mirth for a groat, and their matters being for the most part stories of old time, as the tale of sir Topas, the reportes of...

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