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Page 120 - Then take a hero whom you may choose for the sound of his name, and put him into the midst of these adventures. There let him work for twelve books; at the end of which you may take him out ready prepared to conquer, or to marry; it being necessary that the conclusion of an epic poem be fortunate.
Page 122 - If such a description be necessary, because it is certain there is one in Virgil, Old Troy is ready burnt to your hands. But if you fear that would be thought borrowed, a chapter or two of the Theory of the Conflagration, well circumstanced, and done into verse, will be a good succedaneum.
Page 115 - ... reeds, when joined in one bundle, become infrangible. To which end our art ought to be put upon the fame foot with other arts of this age.
Page 246 - John, yet there wanted not those who endeavoured to create a misunderstanding between them, and they had so far prevailed with him once that he turned her out of doors, to his great sorrow, as he found afterwards, for his affairs went on at sixes and sevens.
Page 83 - ... to lift them up ; and their motion is between flying and walking ; but then they run very faft. DFLE The Hon. EH 4.
Page 121 - But be sure they are qualities which your patron would be thought to have; and, to prevent any...
Page 164 - And strike to dust th' imperial tow'rs of Troy; Steel could the works of mortal pride confound, And hew triumphal arches to the ground. What wonder then, fair nymph! thy hairs should feel The conqu'ring force of unresisted steel?
Page 118 - The virtues of great men, like thofe of plants, are inherent in them whether they are exerted or not ; and the more ftrongly inherent, the lefs they are exerted ; as a man is the more rich, the lefs he fpends.
Page 121 - To make an Episode. Take any remaining adventure of your former collection in which you could no way involve your hero, or any unfortunate accident that was too good to be thrown away, and it will be of use applied to any other person, who may be lost and evaporate in the course of the work without the least damage to the composition.