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This is an instance of the natural desire of man to propagate a wonder . It is
surely very difficult to tell any thing as it was heard , when Sprat could not refrain
from amplifying a commodious incident , though the book to which he prefixed his
digestion that concocted the pulp of learning , but refused the husks , had the
appearance of an instinctive elegance , of a particular provision made by Nature
for literary politeness . But in the author ' s own honest relation , the marvel
To love excellence , is natural ; it is natural likewise for the lover to solicit
reciprocal regard by an elaborate display of his own qualifications . The desire of
plea fing has in different men produced actions of heroism , and effusions of wit ;
but it ...
COWLEY , like other poets who have written with narrow views , and instead of
tracing intellectual pleasure to its natural sources in the mind of man , paid their
court to temporary prejudices , has been at one time too much praised , and too ...
Samuel Johnson. cannot be said to have imitated any thing ; they neither copied
nature nor life ; neither painted the forms of matter , nor represented The
operations of intellect . Those however who deny them to be poets , allow them to
be wits ...
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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