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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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A Critical History of English Literature, Vol. 3, Volume 3

David Daiches - 1979 - 319 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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The Making of Johnson's Dictionary 1746-1773

Allen Reddick, Professor of English Literature Allen Reddick, Samuel Johnson - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1996 - 252 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." The ingenuity which might distract from an affecting poetical experience...
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The Sacred Wood and Major Early Essays

T. S. Eliot - Literary Collections - 1997 - 130 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 he horn a metaphysical poet, nor assume the dignity...
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