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But the basis of all excellence is truth : he that profefies love ought to feel its
power . Petrarch was a real lover , and Laura doubtless deserved his tenderness
. Of Cowley , we are told by Barnes , who who had means enough of information
To love excellence , is natural ; it is natural likewise for the lover to solicit
reciprocal regard by an elaborate display of his own qualifications . The desire of
plea fing has in different men produced actions of heroism , and effusions of wit ;
but it ...
of gradation and comparison , to throw the whole blame upon his judges , and
totally to exclude diffidence and shame by a haughty confciousness of his own
excellence . For the rejection of this play , it is difficult now to find the reason : it ...
Such an assemblage of diversified excellence no other poet has hitherto afforded
. To choose the best , among many good , is one of the most hazardous attempts
of criticism . I know not whether Scaliger himself has persuaded many readers ...
Of all the passages in which poets have exemplified their own precepts , none
will easily be found of greater excellence than that in which Cowley condemns
exuberance of Wit : Yet ' tis not to adorn and gild each part , That shews more
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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