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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 Six Chief Lives from Johnson's Lives of the Poets: With Macaulay's Life ...

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1881 - 466 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...clauses are never balanced, nor the periods modelled ; eveiy word seems to drop by chance, though it falls into its proper place. Nothing is cold or languid...
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Essays of John Dryden

John Dryden - 1882 - 218 pages
...essays, with the exception of his " Parallel between Poetry and Painting," are prefaces), " None of them were ever thought tedious. They have not the formality...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, Volume 1

John Dryden, George Saintsbury, Walter Scott - Electronic book - 1882 - 459 pages
...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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Exercises in Latin prose composition, with intr., notes

George Gilbert Ramsay - 1885
...never been surpassed by any of those who have succeeded him. His clauses are never balanced, nor his periods modelled ; every word seems to drop by chance,...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 Writer's Handbook, a Guide to the Art of Composition, Embracing a ...

English language - 1888 - 555 pages
...have rarely been surpassed by those who have succeeded him. His clauses are never balanced, nor his periods modelled ; every word seems to drop by chance,...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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English Prose: Its Elements, History, and Usage

John Earle - English language - 1890 - 530 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...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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English Prose: Its Elements, History, and Usage

John Earle - English language - 1890 - 530 pages
...unconstrained, and (according to Johnson's happy phrase) as if every word had fallen into its place by chance. None of his prefaces were ever thought tedious. They...cold or languid ; the whole is airy, animated, and vigorous ; what is little is gay ; what is. great is splendid. — Life of Dryden. If a comparison...
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Johnson's Life of Dryden, with intr. and notes by F. Ryland

Samuel Johnson - 1895
...Criticism, either didactick or defensive, occupies almost 20 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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Essays

John Dryden - 1895 - 218 pages
...essays, with the exception of his " Parallel between Poetry and Painting," are prefaces), " None of them were ever thought tedious. They have not the formality...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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Johnson's Life of Dryden [ed.] by P. Peterson

Samuel Johnson - 1899 - 185 pages
...notice, his works must be perused with very close attention. 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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