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THE life of Cowley , notwithstanding the penury of English biography , has been
written by Dr . Sprat , an author whose pregnancy of imagination and elegance of
language have deservedly set him high in the ranks of literature ; but his zeal of ...
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 .
Milton is generally content to express the thoughts of the ancients in their
language ; Cowley , without much loss of purity or elegance , accommodates the
diction of Rome to his own conceptions . At At the Restoration , after all the
diligence of ...
But Pope ' s account of wit is undoubtedly erroneous : he depresses it below its
natural dignity , and reduces it from strength of thought to happiness of language
. If by a more noble and more adequate conception that be considered as Wit ...
Levity of thought naturally produced familiarity of language , and the familiar part
of language continues long the same : the dialogue of comedy , when it is
transcribed from popular manners and real life , is read from age to age with
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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