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" They have not the formality of a settled style, in which the first half of the sentence betrays the other. The clauses are never balanced, nor the periods modelled : every word seems to drop by chance, though it falls into its proper place. Nothing is... "
The works of the poets of Great Britain and Ireland. With prefaces ... - Page 204
by Great Britain - 1804
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The Critical and Miscellaneous Prose Works of John Dryden, Now First ...

John Dryden - 1800
...Criticism, either didactick or defensive, occupies almost all his prose, except those pages which he has devoted to his patrons; but none of his prefaces were...by chance, though it falls into its proper place. 1 Nothing is cold or languid ; the whole is airy, animated, and vigorous; what is little, is gay; what...
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The Critical and Miscellaneous Prose Works of John Dryden ..., Volume 1, Part 1

John Dryden - 1800 - 442 pages
...Criticism, either didactick or defensive, occupies almost all his prose, except those pages which he has devoted to his patrons ; but none of his prefaces...by chance, though it falls into its proper place. 5 Nothing is cold or languid ; the whole is airy, animated, and vigorous ; what is little, is gay ;...
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The Critical and Miscellaneous Prose Works of John Dryden, Now First ...

John Dryden - 1800
...Criticism, either didactick or defensive, occupies almost all his prose, except those pages which he has devoted to his patrons ; but none of his prefaces...to drop by chance, though it falls into its proper place.5 Nothing is " cold or languid ; the whole is airy, animated, and vigorous ; what is little,...
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Lives of English poets

Samuel Johnson - 1801
...fentence betrays the other. The daufes are never balanced, nor the periods modelled : every word fcems to drop by chance, though it falls into its proper...cold or languid : the whole is airy, animated, and vigorous ; what is little, is gay ; what is great, is fplendid. He may be thought to mention himfelf...
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The Elements of English Composition: Containing Practical Instructions for ...

David Irving - English language - 1803 - 238 pages
...who have come after him. His elaafes arc never balanced,, nor his periods modeled i. every word feemg to drop by chance, though it falls into; its proper...cold or languid ; the whole is airy, animated, and vigorous ;. what is little, is gay ;, what is gre.xt, is iplendid. Though all is eafy, nothmg is feeble...
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The Lives of the Most Celebrated English Poets, with Criticisms. Extracted ...

Samuel Johnson - 1805 - 312 pages
...Criticism, either didactic or defensive, occupies almost all his prose, except those pages which he had devoted to his patrons ; but none of his prefaces...have not the formality of a settled style in which rhe first half of the sentence betrays the other. The clauses are never balanced, nor the periods modelled...
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Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, Volume 1

Hugh Blair - English language - 1807 - 384 pages
...Dr. Johnson, in his life of Dryden, gives the following character of his prose Style : " His prefaces have not the formality of a settled Style, in which...cold or languid ; the whole is airy, animated and vigorous ; what is little, is gay ; what is great, is splendid. Though all is easy, nothing is feeble...
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The Works of John Dryden: Now First Collected ...

John Dryden, Walter Scott - English literature - 1808
...we can never lay aside till we have finished, Dr Johnson has said with equal force and beauty, — " They have not the formality of a settled style, in...cold or languid ; the whole is airy, animated, and vigorous ; what is little is gay, what is great, is splendid. He may be thought to mention himself...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 9

Samuel Johnson - 1810
...Criticism, either didactick or defensive, occupies almost all his prose, except those pages which he has devoted to his patrons ; but none of his prefaces...first half of the sentence betrays the other. The causes are never balanced, nor the periods modelled : every word seems to drop by chance, Chough it...
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Waller, Butler, Rochester, Roscommon, Otway, Pomfret, Dorset, Stepney, J ...

Alexander Chalmers - English poetry - 1810
...formality of a settled style, in which the first half of the sentence betrays the other. The causes nd then declare themselves, and tear Whatever ventures to come near ; So a smooth vigorous ; what is little, is gay ; what is great, is splendid. He may be thought to mention himself...
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