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" Perhaps no nation ever produced a writer that enriched his language with such variety of models. To him we owe the improvement, perhaps the completion, of our metre, the refinement of our language, and much of the correctness of our sentiments. "
The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets;: Dryden. Smith. Duke. King ... - Page 192
by Samuel Johnson - 1781 - 503 pages
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A Study of English and American Poets: A Laboratory Method

John Scott Clark - American poetry - 1900 - 859 pages
...writer could supply Perhaps no nation ever pfocluced a writer that enriched his language with such a variety of models. To him we owe the improvement, perhaps the completion of our metre." — Samuel Johnson. " His versification flowed so easily as to lessen the bad effects of rhyme in dialogue....
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Readings in English Prose of the Eighteenth Century

Raymond Macdonald Alden - English prose literature - 1911 - 724 pages
...writer could supply." Perhaps no nation ever produced a writer that enriched his language with such variety of models. To him we owe the improvement,...metre, the refinement of our language, and much of the correctness of our sentiments. By him we were taught sapere etjari, — to think naturally and express...
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Readings in English Prose of the Eighteenth Century

Raymond Macdonald Alden - English prose literature - 1911 - 724 pages
...select from them better specimens of every mode of poetry than any other English writer could supply." Perhaps no nation ever produced a writer that enriched his language with such variety of models. To him we owe the improvement, perhaps the completion, of our metre, the refinement...
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Readings in English Prose of the Eighteenth Century

Raymond Macdonald Alden - English prose literature - 1911 - 724 pages
...select from them better specimens of every mode of poetry than any other English writer could supply." Perhaps no nation ever produced a writer that enriched his language with such variety of models. To him we owe the improvement, perhaps the completion, of our metre, the refinement...
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Life of Dryden

Samuel Johnson - 1913 - 300 pages
...writer that enriched his language. 2<fwith such variety of models. To him we owe the improveI ment, perhaps the completion of our metre, the refinement of our language, and much of the correctness of our sentiments. 3y him we were taught sapere etfari, to think naturally and l^express...
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A History of Modern Criticism 1750-1950: Volume 1, The Later Eighteenth Century

René Wellek - Literary Criticism - 1981 - 368 pages
...and Denham, who "traced the new scheme of poetry." m The actual founder of the new style was Dryden: "To him we owe the improvement, perhaps the completion...metre, the refinement of our language, and much of the correctness of our sentiments." "• Before the time of Dryden "there was no poetical diction: no system...
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Samuel Johnson & the Impact of Print

Alvin B. Kernan - Literary Criticism - 1989 - 357 pages
...Pope. Dryden he praised for enriching the language with "a variety of models," and went on to say, "To him we owe the improvement, perhaps the completion...metre, the refinement of our language, and much of the correctness of our sentiments." But it was Pope, who "professed to have learned his poetry from Dryden,"...
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Samuel Johnson

Lawrence Lipking - Biography & Autobiography - 2000 - 384 pages
...further. Now, in the Lives, a long perspective implies that the project has reached its fulfillment. "To him we owe the improvement, perhaps the completion...metre, the refinement of our language, and much of the correctness of our sentiments" (1: 469). The majestic first-person plurals convert a singular genius...
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Poetry and the Making of the English Literary Past, 1660-1781

Richard Terry, Richard G. Terry, Reader in Eighteenth-Century English Literature Richard Terry, Terry, Richard G. Terry - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 354 pages
...attained only by Dryden: Johnson's 'Life of Dryden', for example, venerates Dryden as the poet to whom 'we owe the improvement, perhaps the completion of...metre, the refinement of our language, and much of the correctness of our sentiments'. 46 This supposed improvement of English versification, as well as of...
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Johnson, Writing, and Memory

Greg Clingham - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 222 pages
...linking technique, versification, and diction with ideas of nature, national culture, and civilization: "To him we owe the improvement, perhaps the completion...metre, the refinement of our language, and much of the correctness of our sentiments. By him we were taught 'sapere et fari', to think naturally and express...
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