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To write on their plan , it was at least necessary to read and think . No man could
be born a metaphysical poet , nor assume the dignity of a writer , by descriptions
copied from descriptions , by imitations borrowed from imitations , by traditional ...
If their greatness feldom elegates , their acuteness often surprises ; if the
imagination is not always gratified , at least the powers of reflection and
comparison are employed ; and in the mass of materials which ingenious
absurdity has thrown ...
CLEVELAND . OF enormous and disgusting hyperboles , these may be
examples : By every wind , that comes this way , Send me at least a sigh or two ,
Such and so many I ' ll repay As shall themselves make winds to get to you .
Even those who cannot perhaps find in the Isthmian or NemeŠan songs what
Antiquity has disposed them to expect , will at least fee that they are ill
represented by such puny poetry ; and all will determine that if this be the old
Theban strain ...
The Pindarique Odes have so long enjoyed the highest degree of poetical
reputation , that I am not willing to dismiss them with unabated censure ; and
surely though the mode of their composition be erroneous , yet many parts
deferve at least ...
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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