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The true Genius is a mind of large general powers , accidentally determined to
some particular direction . The great painter of the present age had the first
fondness for his art excited by the perusal of Richardson ' s treatise . By his
mother ' s ...
Yet let neither our reverence for a genius , nor our pity for a sufferer , dispose us
to forget that , if his activity was virtue , his retreat was cowardice . He then took
upon himself the character of Physician , still , according to Sprat , with intention ...
At the same time were produced from the fame university , the two great Poets ,
Cowley and Milton , of diffimilar genius , of opposite principles ; but concurring in
the cultivation of Latin poetry , in which the English , till their works and May ' s ...
His levity never leaves his learning behind it ; the moralist , the politician , and the
critick , mingle their influence even in this airy frolick of genius . To such a
performance Suckling could have brought the gaiety , but not the knowledge ;
Such events as were produced by the visible interposition of Divine Power are
above the pow , er of human genius to dignify . The miracle of Creation , however
it may teem with images , is best described with little diffusion of lan , guage : He
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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