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Addison admiration afterwards appears beauties better called character common considered continued Cowley criticism death delight desire died Dryden earl easily effect elegance English equal excellence expected expression favour formed friends genius give given hand hope hundred images imagination Italy kind king knowledge known labour lady language Latin learning least less lines lived lord lost manner means mention Milton mind nature never numbers observed obtained occasion once opinion original passed performance perhaps person play pleasure poem poet poetical poetry Pope pounds praise present probably produced publick published reader reason received remarks rhyme says seems sent sentiments sometimes supposed thing thought tion told tragedy translation true verses Waller whole write written wrote
Seite 78 - Daughters, but by devout prayer to that Eternal Spirit who can enrich with all utterance and knowledge, and sends out his seraphim with the hallowed fire of his altar to touch and purify the lips of whom he pleases.
Seite 120 - In this poem there is no nature, for there is no truth ; there is no art, for there is nothing new. Its form is that of a pastoral — easy, vulgar, and therefore disgusting ; whatever images it can supply are long ago exhausted ; and its inherent improbability always forces dissatisfaction on the mind.
Seite 178 - No put-offs, my lord; answer me presently.' 'Then, Sir,' said he, 'I think it is lawful for you to take my brother Neale's money, for he offers it.
Seite 465 - What he attempted, he performed ; he is never feeble, and he did not wish to be energetickP; he is never rapid, and he never stagnates. His sentences have neither studied amplitude, nor affected brevity : his periods, though not diligently rounded, are voluble and easy. Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar but not coarse, and elegant but not ostentatious, must give his days and nights to the volumes of Addison.
Seite 125 - It is a drama in the epic style, inelegantly splendid and tediously instructive. The Sonnets were written in different parts of Milton's life upon different occasions. They deserve not any particular criticism; for of the best it can only be said that they are not bad, and perhaps only the eighth and the twenty-first are truly entitled to this slender commendation.
Seite 120 - With these trifling fictions are mingled the most awful and sacred truths, such as ought never to be polluted with such irreverend combinations. The shepherd likewise is now a feeder of sheep, and afterwards an ecclesiastical pastor, a superintendent of a Christian flock. Such equivocations are always unskilful ; but here they are indecent, and at least approach to impiety, of which, however, I believe the writer not to have been conscious.
Seite 324 - She thought this hour th' occasion would present To learn her secret cause of discontent, Which well she hop'd, might be with ease redress'd, Considering her a well-bred civil beast, And more a gentlewoman than the rest.
Seite 61 - Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, And without sneering, teach the rest to sneer; Willing to wound and yet afraid to strike, Just hint a fault and hesitate dislike; Alike...