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I write this in pain , and can say no “ more : Verbum sapienti . ... Such are the
remarks and memorials which I have been able to add to the narrative of Dr .
Sprat ; who , writing when the feuds of the civil war were yet recent , and the
minds of ...
... 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 trial of the finger better than of the ear ; for the modulation was so
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 ...
This kind of writing , which was , I believe , borrowed from Marino and his
followers , had been recommended by the example of Donne , a man of very
extensive and various knowledge , and by Jonson , whose manner resembled
that of ...
When heaven shall be adorn ' d by thee , ( Which then more heav ' n than ' tis ,
will be ) ' Tis thou must write the poefy there , For it wanteth one as yet , Tho ' the
sun pass through ' t twice a year , The sun , which is esteem ' d the god of Wit .
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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