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One passage , however , seems not unworthy of some notice . Speaking of the
Scotch treaty then in agitation : . " The Scotch treaty , " says he , “ is the " only
thing now in which we are vitally con“ cerned ; I am one of the last hopers , and “
About the beginning of the seventeenth century appeared a race of writers that
may be termed the metaphysical poets ; of whom , in a criticism on the works of
Cowley , the last of the race , it is not improper to give some account .
Though the following lines of Donne , on the last night of the year , have
something in them too icholastick , they are not inelegant : This twilight of two
years , not past nor next , Some emblemi is of me , or I of this , Who meteor - like ...
For the last tempest of my death Shall sigh out that too , with my breath . That the
chaos was harmonised has been recited of old ; but whence the different sounds
arose , remained for a modern to discover : Th ' ungovern ' d parts no ...
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 business , when the labourers have Such rest in bed , that their last
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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