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A s the authors of this race were perhaps more desirous of being admired than
understood , they sometimes drew their conceits from recesses of learning not
very much frequented by common readers of poetry . Thus Cowley on
By the same author , a common topick , the danger of procrastination , is thus
illustrated : - That which I should have begun In my youth ' s morning , now late
must be done ; And I , as giddy travellers must do , Which stray or sleep all day ,
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 ...
... his Miscellanies with the verses upon Crashaw , which apparently excel all that
have gone before them , and in which there are beauties which common authors
may justly think not only above their attainment , but above their ambition .
Other poets describe death by some of its common appearances ; Cowley says ,
with a learned allusion to sepulchral lamps real or fabulous , ' Twixt his right ribs
deep pierc ' d the furi . ous blade , And open ' d wide those secret vessels where
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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