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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 ...
... with a poetical dedication to Sir Kenelm Digby ; of whose acquaintance all his
contemporaries seem to have been ambitious ; and “ Naufragium Joculare ; ” a
comedy written in Latin , but without due attention to the ancient models ; for it is ...
... and amongst others of lord Falkland , whose notice cast a lustre on all to whom
it was extended . About the time when Oxford was surrendered to the parliament ,
he followed the Queen to Paris , where he became secretary to the lord Jermin ...
These letters being written like those of other men whose mind is more on things
than words , contribute no otherwise to his reputation than as they shew him to
have been above the affectation of unseasonable elegance , and to have known
If he only promised to be quiet , that they in whose hands he was might free him
from confinement , he did what no law of society prohibits . The man whose
miscarriage in a just cause has put him in the power of his enemy may , without
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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