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" Yet great labour directed by great abilities is never wholly lost : if they frequently threw away their wit upon false conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth ; if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often worth the carriage.... "
The Lives of the English Poets: and a Criticism of Their Work - Page 22
by Samuel Johnson - 1795 - 536 pages
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The Annual Register of World Events: A Review of the Year, Volume 22

History - 1796
...con. ceils, they likewife fometimfi ilruck out unexpected truth : if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often worth the carriage. To write on their plan, it was at lead neceflary to letd and think. No man could be born a mctaphyfical poet, DO: aflame the dignity...
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Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, to the Works of the English Poets, Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1779 - 10 pages
...conceits, they likewife fometimes ftruck out unexpected truth : if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often worth the carriage. To write on their plan, it was at leafl neceflary to read and think. No man could be born a metaphyfical poet, nor aflume the dignity...
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Annual Register, Volume 22

Edmund Burke - History - 1780
...particularities, the profpefts of nature, or the fcenes of life, than he, who diflcfts a fun-beam with a prifm, can exhibit the wide effulgence of a fummer noon....carriage. To write on their plan, it was at leaft neceifary to read and think. No man could be born a metaphyfical poet, nor aflume affume the dignity...
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The Monthly Review, Volume 61

1780
...conceits, they likewife fometimes (truck out unexpected truth: if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often worth the carriage. To write on their plan, it was at lead necelTary to read and think. No man could be born a metaphyfical poet, nor afTume the'dignity...
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The Monthly Review, Volume 61

1780
...conceits, they likewife foroetimes ftruck out unexpected truth : if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often worth the carriage. To write on their plan, it was at lead neccliary to read and think. No man could be born a metaphylical poet, nor allume the'dignity...
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The Monthly Review, Or, Literary Journal, Volume 61

Books - 1780
...far-fetched, they were often worth the carriage. To write' OD tbeir plan, it was at lead ncceffary to read and think. No man could be born a metaphyfical poet, nor afTume the dignity of a writer, by defcriptions copied from defcriptions, by imitations borrowed) from...
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The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets;: Cowley. Denham. Milton. Butler ...

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1781 - 503 pages
...conceits, they likewife fometimes ftruck out unexpected truth : if their conceits were farfetched, they were often worth the carriage. To write on their plan, it was at leaft neceffary to read and think. No man could be born a metaphyfical poet, nor aflume the dignity of a...
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The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets;: Cowley. Denham. Milton. Butler ...

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1781 - 503 pages
...were farfetched, they were often worth the carriage. To write on their plan, it was at leaft neceffary to read and think. No man could be born a metaphyfical poet, nor affume the dignity of a writer, by defcriptions copied from defcriptions, by imitations borrowed from...
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The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets;: With Critical ..., Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1783
...leaft necek fary to read ami think. No man could be born a metaphyfical poet, nor affume the tHgnity of a writer, by defcriptions copied: from defcriptions, by imitations borrowed from imitations, by traditional imagery, and hereditary fimilies, by readinefs of rhyme, and volubility of fyllables* ...In...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: The lives of the most eminent English poets

Samuel Johnson, John Hawkins - English literature - 1787
...conceits, they likewife fometimes ftruck out unexpected truth : if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often worth the carriage. To write on their...defcriptions, by imitations borrowed from imitations, by traditional imagery, and hereditary families, by readinefs of rhyme, and volubility of fyllables. In...
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