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Wit , like all other things subject by their nature to the choice of man , has its
changes and fashions , and at different times takes different forms . About the
beginning of the seventeenth century appeared a race of writers that may be
termed the ...
The same thoughts to retain still , and intents Were more inconstant far ; for
accidents Must of all things most strangely inconstant prove , If from one subject
they t ' another move : My members then , the father members were From whence
Night has been a common subject , which poets have contended to adorn .
Dryden ' s Night is well known ; Donne ' s is as follows : Thoł seest me here at
midnight , now all rest : Time ' s dead low - water ; when all minds divest To -
morrow ' s ...
... been written for penance by a hermit , or for hire by a philosophical rhymer who
had only heard of another lex ; for they turn the mind only on the writer , whom ,
without thinking on a woman but as the subject for a task , we sometimes esteem
... his own subjects , he sometimes rises to dignity truly Pindarick ; and , if some
deficiencies of language be forgiven , his strains are E 2 such such as those of
the Theban bard were to his CO W L E Y . 51.
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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