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CRITICAL DISSERTATIONS.

1. ON THE IDEA OF UNIVERSAL POETRY.

II. ON THE PROVINCES OF DRAMATIC POETRY.

III. ON POETICAL IMITATION.

IV. ON THE MARKS OF IMITATION.

VATIBVS ADDERE CALCAR, VT STUDIO MAIORE PETANT HELICONA VIRENTEM.

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IDEA OF UNIVERSAL POETRY."

VOL. II,

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WHEN we speak of poetry, as an art, we mean such a way or method of treating a subject, as is found most pleasing and delightful to us. In all other kinds of literary composition, pleasure is subordinate to use: in poetry only, PLEASURE is the end, to which use itself (however it be, for certain reasons, always pretended) must submit.

This idea of the end of poetry is no novel one, but indeed the very same which our great philosopher entertained of it; who gives it as the essential note of this part of learningTHAT IT SUBMITS THE SHEWS OF THINGS TO THE

DESIRES OF THE MIND: WHEREAS REASON DOTH

BUCKLE AND BOW THE MIND UNTO THE NATURE

OF THINGS. For to gratify the desires of the mind, is to PLEASE: Pleasure then, in the

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