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... of opposite principles ; but concurring in the cultivation of Latin poetry , in which
the English , till their works and May ' s poem appeared , seemed unable to
contest the palm with any other of the lettered nations . If the Latin performances
To such a performance Suckling could have brought the gaiety , but not the
knowledge ; Dryden could have supplied the knowledge , but not the gaiety . The
verses to Davenant , which are vigorously begun , and happily concluded ,
Cowley seems to have had , what Milton is believed to have wanted , the skill to
rate his own performances by their just value , and has therefore closed his
Miscellanies with the verses upon Crashaw , which apparently excel all that have
Of this obscurity and neglect , if the reason be inquired , it will be found partly in
the choice of the subject , and partly in the performance of the work . Sacred
History has been always read with submissive reverence , and an imagination ...
His versification was in his first essay , such as it appears in his last performance .
By the perufal of Fairfax ' s translation of Tasso , to which , as Dryden relates , he
confessed himself indebted for the smoothness of his numbers , and , by his ...
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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