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My purpose was only to have allotted to every Poet an Advertisement , like those
which we find in the French Miscellanies , containing a few dates and a general
character ; but I have been led beyond my intention , Inhope , by the honest ...
... has produced a funeral oration rather than an history : he has given the
character , not the life of Cowley ; for he writes with fo little detail , that scarcely
any thing is distinctly known , but all is shown confused and enlarged through the
mist of ...
who had means enough of information , that , whatever he may talk of his own
inflammability , and the variety of characters by which his heart was divided , he
in reality was in love but once , and then never had resolution to tell his paslion .
He then took upon himself the character of Physician , still , according to Sprat ,
with intention « to dissemble the main design of his “ coming over , ” and , as Mr .
Wood relates , “ complying with the men then in power , “ ( which was much taken
Of characters either not yet introduced , or shewn but upon few occasions , the
full extent and the nice discriminations cannot be ascertained . The fable is
plainly implex , formed rather from the Odysfey than the Iliad ; and many artifices
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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