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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 Lives of the English Poets: cowley. Denham. Milton. Butler. Rochester ...

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1858
...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 were...first half of the sentence betrays the other. The pauses are never balanced, nor the periods modelled; every word seems to drop by chance, though it...
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Notes and Queries

Electronic journals - 1861
...almost all his prose, except those pages which he has devoted to his Patrons : but none of his Pn-fnoes were ever thought tedious. They have not the Formality...other The Clauses are never balanced, nor the Periods modell'd : every word seems to drop by chance, though it falls into its proper Place. Nothing is cold...
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Oliver Goldsmith, His Friends and Critics: A Lecture

James Whiteside - Authors, English - 1862 - 80 pages
...Milton's prose, though laboured, is equal to his sublimest verse, of Dryden's prose it has been said " every word seems to drop by chance though it falls...cold or languid, the whole is airy, animated, and vigorous, what is little is gay, what is great is splendid." Addison, Dr. Johnson, Sir Walter Scott,...
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Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres

Hugh Blair - English language - 1866 - 560 pages
...Johnson, in his life of Dryden, gives the following character of his pros* • ityle : ' His prefaces have not the formality of a settled style, in which...of the sentence betrays the other. The clauses are nevr balancnd, DOC tKę Since his time, considerable attention has been paid to purity and elegance...
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The Poetical Works of John Dryden: Containing Original Poems, Tales, and ...

John Dryden - 1867 - 445 pages
...except those pages which he has devoted to his patrons ; but none of his prefaces were ever thonght tedious. They have not the formality of a settled...periods modelled : every word seems to drop by chance, thongh it falls into its proper place. Nothing is cold or languid : the whole is airy, animated, and...
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Essays and Lectures: Historical and Literary

James Whiteside - Great Britain - 1868 - 478 pages
...Milton's prose, though laboured, is equal to his sublimest verse. Of Dryden's prose it has been said, " Every word seems to drop by chance though it falls...cold or languid, the whole is airy, animated, and vigorous ; what is little is gay, what is great is splendid." Addison, Dr. Johnson, Sir Walter Scott,...
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Typical Selections from the Best English Authors: With Introductory Notices

English authors - English literature - 1869 - 400 pages
...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...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 Miscellaneous Works of Sir Walter Scott, Bart: Life of Dryden

Walter Scott - Demonology - 1869
...never lay aside till we have finished, Dr Johnson has said, with equal force and beauty : " They hare not the formality of a settled style, in which the...cold or languid ; the whole is airy, animated, and 1 Shaksp?are has capricious, conversation, fatigate (if not fatigue), figure, gallant, good graces...
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Johnson. Select works, ed. with intr. and notes by A. Milnes. Lives of ...

Samuel Johnson - 1879
...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...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 book of texts of ancient and modern history, &c, Volume 121

Francis Armstrong Power - Bible - 1879 - 614 pages
...Johnson, in his life of Dryden, gives the following character of Dryden's prose style: — "His prefaces have not the formality of a settled style in which...is cold or languid. The whole is airy, animated and vigorous. What is little is gay. What is great is splendid. Though all is easy, yet nothing is feeble....
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