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IN forming descriptions they looked out not for images , but for conceits . 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 ,
The Anacreontiques therefore of Cowley give now all the pleasure which they
ever gave . If he was formed by nature for one kind of writing more than for
another , his power feems to have been greatest in the familiar and the festive .
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... us that he knows what an egg contains : Thou into the close nests of time do ' st
peep , And there with piercing eye Through the firm ihell and the thick white dost
spy Years to come a - forming lie , Close in their sacred fecundine asleep .
The duration of an unfinished action cannot be known . 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
Unhappy Nave , and pupil to a bell ! Which his hours ' work as well as hours does
tell ; Unhappy till the last , the kind releasing knell , His heroick lines are often
formed of monosyllables ; but His 72 Co W L E Y .
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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