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" I am now to examine Paradise Lost ; a poem, which, considered with respect to design, may claim the first place, and with respect to performance the second, among the productions of the human mind. "
Lives - Σελίδα 82
των Samuel Johnson - 1800
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A Treatise on Art in Three Parts: Consisting of Essays on the Education of ...

John Burnet - 1913 - 100 σελίδες
...painting: "By the general consent of critics, the first praise of genius is due to the writer of an epic poem, as it requires an assemblage of all the powers...which are singly sufficient for other compositions. Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth, by calling imagination to the help of reason. Epic...

A Book of English Literature, Selected and Ed, Τόμος 1

Franklyn Bliss Snyder, Robert Grant Martin - 1916 - 889 σελίδες
...appearances, every disposition of mind takes hold on those by which it may be gratified. writer of an epic poem, as it requires an assemblage of all the powers...which are singly sufficient for other compositions. Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth, by calling imagination to the help of reason. Epic...

A Short History of English Literature

Sir Archibald Strong - 1921 - 404 σελίδες
...Yet if Johnson does Lyeidas scant justice, he has made amends by the high and true praise he gives to Paradise Lost : ' a poem which, considered with respect...to performance the second, among the productions of human kind.' The Lives of Dryden, Addison, and Pope, when every discount has been made, are masterly...

The Influence of Milton on English Poetry, Τόμος 1

Raymond Dexter Havens - 1922 - 722 σελίδες
...Milton's character, opposed blank verse, and ridiculed Lycidas and the sonnets, commended the epic as "a poem which, considered with respect to design,...second, among the productions of the human mind." 2 Goldsmith, too, though he shared many of Johnson's prejudices, had a hand in the preparation of a...

Doctor Johnson: A Study in Eighteenth Century Humanism

Percy Hazen Houston - 1923 - 280 σελίδες
...declares that by the common consent of critics the first praise of genius is due to the writer of an epic poem, as it requires an assemblage of all the powers...which are singly sufficient for other compositions. "Epick poetry undertakes to teach the most important truths by the most pleasing precepts, and therefore...

The Life of Samuel Johnson

Robert Anderson - 1973 - 639 σελίδες
...the pen of Johnson only could have written. " Considered with respect to design," he claims for it " the first place, and with respect to performance,...the second, among the productions of the human mind ;" and, in passing final sentence, pronounces it, " not the greatest of heroic poems only, because...
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A Critical History of English Literature, Vol. 3, Τόμος 3

David Daiches - 1979 - 319 σελίδες
...control, and pride disdainful of superiority." Yet he regarded him as a very great poet, and he considered Paradise Lost "a poem which, considered with respect...second, among the productions of the human mind." The view of the epic which he gives in this connection is cogent statement of the neoclassic position...
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The Impossible Observer: Reason and the Reader in 18th Century Prose

...section, the reader should be reminded, first, that it occurs after Johnson commends Paradise Lost as "a poem which, considered with respect to design,...performance the second, among the productions of the human mind";2 and, second, that Johnson's criticism arises, paradoxically, from what he takes to be Milton's...
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His and Hers: Essays in Restoration and Eighteenth-century Literature

Ann Messenger - 1986 - 271 σελίδες
...claims, one finds "a full display of the united force of study and genius" ( 1 83). Paradise Lost is "a poem which, considered with respect to design,...the second, among the productions of the human mind" (170). Johnson's claims for Milton's greatness are not less dramatic or sweeping than those of his...
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John Milton: 1732-1801

John T. Shawcross - 1995 - 452 σελίδες
...Those little pieces may be dispatched without much anxiety; a greater work calls for greater care. I am now to examine Paradise Lost; a poem, which,...productions of the human mind. By the general consent of cri ticks, the first praise of genius is due to the writer of an epick poem, as it requires an assemblage...
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