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His two metrical disquisitions for and against Reason , are no mean specimens of
metaphylical poetry . The stanzas against knowledge produce little conviction . In
those which are intended to exalt the human faculties , Reason has its proper ...
Cowley gives inferences instead of images , and shews not what may be
supposed to have been seen , but what thoughts the light might have suggested .
When Virgil describes the stone which Turnus lifted against Æneas , he fixes the
His topick is such as will always serve its purpose ; an accusation of acting and
preaching only for preferment : and he exhorts the Commons carefully to provide
for their protection against Pulptt law . It always gratifies curiosity to trace a ...
... such an enemy to the king as not to with his distresses lightened ; for he relates
, “ that the king fent particular“ ly to Waller , to second his demand of “ fome
subsidies to pay off the army ; and Sir " Henry Vane objecting against first voting
When the great question , whether Episcopacy ought to be abolished , was
debated , he spoke against the innovation so coolly , so reasonably , and so
firmly , that it is not without great injury to his name that his speech , which was as
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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