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" Yet great labour directed by great abilities is never wholly lost : if they frequently threw away their wit upon false conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth ; if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often worth the carriage.... "
The Lives of the English Poets: and a Criticism of Their Work - Page 22
by Samuel Johnson - 1795 - 536 pages
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Literary Criticism for Students

Edward Tompkins McLaughlin - Criticism - 1893 - 236 pages
...lost ; if they frequently threw away their wit upon false conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth ; if their conceits were far...worth the carriage. 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...
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Literary Criticism for Students

Edward Tompkins McLaughlin - Criticism - 1893 - 236 pages
...lost ; if they frequently threw away their wit upon false conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth ; if their conceits were far...worth the carriage. 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...
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The Library of Choice Literature and Encyclopędia of Universal Authorship ...

Ainsworth Rand Spofford, Charles Gibbon - Literature - 1893
...upon false conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth: if their conceits were fir -fetched, they were often worth the carriage. 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...
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English Prose, Volume 4

Sir Henry Craik - English prose literature - 1894
...lost ; if they frequently threw away their wit upon false conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth ; if their conceits were far...worth the carriage. 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...
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English Prose: Selections, Volume 4

Sir Henry Craik - English prose literature - 1895
...lost ; if they frequently threw away their wit upon false conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth ; if their conceits were far...worth the carriage. 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...
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English Prose: Selections : with Critical Introductions by Various ..., Volume 4

Sir Henry Craik - English prose literature - 1895
...lost ; if they frequently threw away their wit upon false conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth ; if their conceits were far...worth the carriage. 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...
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English Literary Criticism

Charles Edwyn Vaughan - Criticism - 1896 - 219 pages
...conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth : if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often worth the carriage. 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...
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Specimens of Modern English Literary Criticism

William Tenney Brewster - English literature - 1907 - 379 pages
...conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth: if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often worth the carriage. 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...
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English Prose: Eighteenth century

Sir Henry Craik - English literature - 1911
...lost ; if they frequently threw away their wit upon false conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth ; if their conceits were far...worth the carriage. 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...
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Lucasta: The Poems of Richard Lovelace, Esquire, Volume 1

Richard Lovelace - 1921
...conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth ; if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often worth the carriage. To write on their plan it was at least necessary to read and think." It was a happy inspiration that led the "onlie begetters" of these...
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