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... that my account is erroneous . I had been told , that in the College of
Physicians there is some memorial of Dryden ' s funeral , but my intelligence was
not true ; the story therefore wants the credit which such a testimony would have
given it .
... whose pregnancy of imagination and elegance of language have deservedly
set him high in the ranks of literature ; but his zeal of friendship , or ambition of
eloquence , has produced a funeral oration rather than an history : he has given
Among the English poets , Cowley , Milton , and Pope , might be said “ to lisp in
numę bers ; ” and have given such early proofs , not only of powers of language ,
but of comprehension of things , as to more tardy minds seems scarcely credible .
... or at most as an ostentatious display of scholarship ; but the manners of that
time were so tinged with superstition , that I cannot but suspect Cowley of having
consulted on this great occasion the Virgilian lots , and to have given some credit
Of those songs dedicated to festivity and gaiety , in which even the morality is
voluptuous , and which teach nothing but the enjoyment of the present day , he
has given rather a pleasing than a faithful representation , having retained their ...
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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