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... after all the diligence of his long service , and with consciousness not only of
the merit of fidelity , but of the dignity of great abilities , he naturally expected
ample preferments ; and , that he might not be forgotten by his own fault , wrote a
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
... on any occasion , they should have said or done ; but wrote rather as
beholders than partakers of human nature ; as Beings looking upon good and
evil , impassive and at leisure ; as Epicurcan deities making remarks on the
actions of men ...
To a Lady , who wrote poesies for rings . They , who above do various circles find
, Say , ' like a ring th ' æquator heaven does bind . When heaven shall be adorn '
d by thee , ( Which then more heav ' n than ' tis , will be ) ' Tis thou must write ...
In the general review of Cowley ' s poetry it will be found , that he wrote with
abundant fertility , but negligent or unskilful selection ; with much thought , but
with little imagery ; that he is never pathetick , and rarely sublime , but - - but
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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