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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 Works of John Dryden: Now First Collected in Eighteen Volumes, Volume 1

John Dryden, Walter Scott - 1821
...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 too...
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The lives of the English poets

Samuel Johnson, Arthur Murphy - Authors, English - 1823
...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...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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Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, Volume 2

Hugh Blair - 1823
...His prefaces have not the for" mality of a settled style, in which the first half of the sen" tence betrays the other. The clauses are never balanced,...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 English Master: Or, Student's Guide to Reasoning and Composition ...

William Banks - English language - 1823 - 399 pages
...prefaces," says the Doctor, " have not the formality of a settled style, in which the first half of the R 3 sentence betrays the other. The clauses are never...word seems to drop by chance, though it falls into the proper place. Nothing is cold or languid ; the whole is airy, animated, and vigorous ; what is...
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The works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 5

Samuel Johnson - 1824
...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...to drop by chance, though it falls into its proper pladt. Nothing is cold or languid ; the whole is airy, animated, and vigorous; what is little, is gay;...
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Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres

Hugh Blair - English language - 1824 - 679 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...though it falls into its proper place. Nothing is rold or languid ; the whole is airy, animated, and vigorous ; what is little, is gay, what is great,...
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Saturday night

Saturday night - 1824
...Criticism, either didactic or defensive, occupies almost all his prose, except those pages which he has devoted to his patrons ; but none of his prefaces...the other ; the clauses are never balanced, nor the period* modelled : every word seems to drop by chance, though it falls into its proper place ; nothing...
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The works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 9

Samuel Johnson - 1824
...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, though it...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: With Murphy's Essay, Volume 3

Samuel Johnson - 1825
...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...cold or languid ; the whole is airy, animated, and vigorous ; what is little, is gay ; what i* great, is splendid. He may be thought to mention himself...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Lives of the poets

Samuel Johnson - Great Britain - 1825
...none of his prefaces were ever thought 4 tedious. They have_notjhf formality nf 3 sfitilgj stylejn which the first half of the sentence betrays the other....cold or languid ; the whole is airy, animated, and vigorous ; what is little, is gay ; what \j is great, is splendid. He may be thought to mention himself...
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