The Works of the English Poets: With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, Volume 25

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H. Hughs, 1779
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Halaman 103 - Phoebus desir'd his old friend to walk in ; But a laureat peer had never been known, The commoners claim'd that place as their own. Yet if the kind god had been ne'er so inclin'd To break an old rule, yet he well knew his mind, Who of such preferment would only make sport, And laugh'd at all suitors for places at court...
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Halaman 69 - And all in vain these superficial parts Contribute to the structure of the whole Without a genius, too, for that's the soul — A spirit which...
Halaman 64 - For now my pen has tir'd my tender hand : My woman knows the secret of my heart, And may hereafter better news impart.
Halaman 79 - Read Homer once, and you can read no more ; For all books else appear so mean, so poor, Verse will seem prose : but still persist to read. And Homer will be all the books you need.
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Halaman 4 - Your essay of poetry, which was published without a name, and of which I was not honoured with the confidence, I read over and over with much delight, and as much instruction : and, without flattering you, or making myself more moral than I am, not without some envy. I was loth to be informed how an epic poem should be written, or how a tragedy should be contrived and managed, in better verse, and with more judgment, than I could teach others.

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