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" 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 imagery,... "
Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets: With Critical Observations on Their ... - Page 21
by Samuel Johnson - 1854
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The Annual Register of World Events: A Review of the Year, Volume 22

History - 1796
...frequently threw away their wit upon falfe 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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The Monthly Review, Volume 61

1780
...frequently threw away their wit upon falfe 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
...frequently threw away their wit upon falfe 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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Annual Register, Volume 22

Edmund Burke - History - 1780
...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 leaft neceifary to read and think. No man could be born a metaphyfical poet, nor aflume affume the...
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The lives of the most eminent English poets

Samuel Johnson, John Hawkins - 1787
...frequently threw away their wit upon falfe 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 leaft neceflary to read and think. No man could be born a metaphyfical poet, nor afiume the dignity...
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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
...frequently threw away their wit upon falfe 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 leaft neceflary to read and think. No man could be born a metaphyfical poet, nor aflume the dignity...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson.LL.D..: The lives of the English poets

Samuel Johnson - 1792
...frequently threw away their wit upon falfe 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 laft neceflary to read and think. No man could be born a metaphyfical poet, nor afiume the dignity...
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The Lives of the English Poets: and a Criticism of Their Work

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1795 - 536 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 leaft neceflary to read and think. No man could be born a metaphyfical poet, nor aflume the dignity...
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Lives

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1800
...were far-fetched, they we o;ten worth the carnage. To write on their plan, it Was at least necessary read and think. No man could be born a metaphysical poet, nor assume t dignity of a writer, by descriptions copied from descriptions, bv iinitatio liorrowrd from imitations,...
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Lives of English poets

Samuel Johnson - 1801
...frequently threw away their wit upon falle 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 leaft neceffary to read and •^fthink. No man could be born a metaphyfical poet, nor affume the dignity...
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