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" 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 of a writer, by descriptions copied from descriptions, by imitations borrowed from imitations, by traditional imagery,... "
Lives of the most eminent English poets, with critical observations on their ... - Página 23
por Samuel Johnson - 1854
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Literary Criticism for Students

Edward Tompkins McLaughlin - 1893 - 236 páginas
...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...mind is exercised either by recollection or inquiry ; something already learned is to be retrieved, or something new is to be examined. If their greatness...
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The Library of Choice Literature and Encyclopædia of Universal Authorship ...

Ainsworth Rand Spofford, Charles Gibbon - 1893
...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...borrowed from imitations, by traditional imagery, *nd hereditary similes, by readiness of rhyme, and volubility of syllables. In perusing the works of...
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Studies in English Literature: Being Typical Selections of British and ...

William Swinton - 1897 - 638 páginas
...worth the carriage. To write on their plan, it was at least necessary to read and think. No man couid be born a metaphysical poet, nor assume « the dignity...readiness of rhyme and volubility * of syllables. 13. In perusing the works of this race of authors,* the mind i« is exercised either by recollection...
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Lives of the English Poets: Cowley-Dryden

Samuel Johnson - 1905
...were often worth the carriage. To write on their plan it was at least necessary to 1 read and think. No man could be born a metaphysical poet, nor assume...imitations borrowed from imitations, by traditional imageiy and hereditary similes, by readiness of rhyme and volubility of syllables 3. " ' * Johnson...
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Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the Seventeenth Century: Donne to Butler

Sir Herbert John Clifford Grierson - 1921 - 244 páginas
...think. ' To write on their plan ', says Dr. Johnson, ' it was at least necessary to read and think. No man could be born a metaphysical poet, nor assume...by readiness of rhyme and volubility of syllables.' Consider a poem, The Repulse, by a comparatively minor poet, Thomas Stanley. That is not a mere conceit....
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Doctor Johnson: A Study in Eighteenth Century Humanism

Percy Hazen Houston - 1923 - 280 páginas
...could be born a metaphysical poet, i. Boston, Atheiueum Press, 1899; pp. xxiv, xxv. 242 DOCTOR JOHNSON nor assume the dignity of a writer by descriptions...hereditary similes, by readiness of rhyme and volubility of syllables."1 This is praise indeed, and should be sufficient answer to any charge of unfairness. On...
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Literary Studies and Reviews

Richard Aldington - 1924 - 246 páginas
...live in this age " the highest pleasure they are capable of " by — the words are Johnson's — " descriptions copied from descriptions, by imitations...readiness of rhyme and volubility of syllables." In reflecting on another of the points touched upon, the relation of the contemporary poet to his audience,...
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A Critical History of English Literature: The Restoration to 1800, Volume 3

David Daiches - 1979 - 319 páginas
...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...by readiness of rhyme, and volubility of syllables. Great poetry for Johnson required both nature and novelty; "Lycidas" had too little of the former and...
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The Sacred Wood and Major Early Essays

T. S. Eliot - 1997 - 130 páginas
...hy traditional imagery, and hereditary similes, hy readiness of rhyme, and voluhility of syllahles. In perusing the works of this race of authors, the mind is exercised either hy recollection or inquiry: something already learned is to he retrieved, or something new is to he...
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Johnson, Writing, and Memory

Greg Clingham - 2002 - 222 páginas
...(para. 61), and his originality for "to write on their plan it was at least necessary to read and think. No man could be born a metaphysical poet, nor assume...a writer by descriptions copied from descriptions" (para. 6o). Indeed, Donne is felt as having risen above the mediocre and merely traditional qualities...
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