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As they were wholly employed on something unexpected and surprizing , they
had no regard to that uniformity of sentiment which enables us to conceive and to
excite the pains and the pleasure of other minds : they never enquired what , on ...
... and polished to elegance , may give lustre to works which have more propriety
, though less copiousness of sentiment . ... whose manner resembled that of
Donne more in the ruggedness of his lines than in the cast of his sentiments .
Cowley adopted it , and excelled his predecessors , having as much sentiment ,
and more musick . Suckling neither improved versification , nor abounded in
conceits . The fashionable stile remained chiefly with Cowley ; Suckling could not
TI NlAving thus endeavoured to exhibit a general representation of the stile and
sentiments of the metaphysical poets , it is now proper to examine particularly the
works of Cowley , who was almost the last of that race , and undoubtedly the ...
... our present habitudes of thought . Real. These little pieces will be found more
finished in their kind than any other of Cowley ' s works . The diction shews
nothing of the mould of time , and the sentiments are at no great been x6 CO W
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The Lives of the English Poets: And a Criticsm of Their works stands out as one of the earliest types of antogies. it is highyly probable that this book became a model for us, anthology writers, to produce a certain kind of anthologies including biography and works of certain authors. therefore, this book is very important in terms of its pioneer position in these kinds of analytical books