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The metaphysical poets were men of learning , and to itew their learning , was
their whole endeavour ; but , unluckily resolving to Thew it in rhyme , instead of
writing poetry , they only wrote verses , and very often such verses as stood the
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 imagery , and hereditary similies , by readiness of rhyme tional 22 ...
tional imagery , and hereditary similies , by readiness of rhyme , and volubility of
syliables . In perusing the works of this race of au : thors , the mind is exercised
either by recollection or inquiry ; either something already learned is to be ...
We are told of Theron ' s bounty , with a hint that he had enemies , which Cowley
thus enlarges in rhyming prose : But in this thankless world the giver Is envied
even by the receiver ; ' Tis now the cheap and frugal fashion Rather to hide than ...
... harsh : One flings a mountain , and its rivers too Torn up with ' t .His rhymes are
very often made by pronouns or particles , or the like unimportant words , words ,
which disappoint the ear , and destroy the CO W L E Y . 71.
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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