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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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The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson

Brian Friel, Philip Davis, Catherine Neal Parke, Howard David Weinbrot, Paul J. Korshin, Eithne Henson, Robert DeMaria, Robert Folkenflik, Clement Hawes, Fred Parker, Philip Smallwood, Michael Felix Suarez, John Wilshire, Thomas Keymer, Steven Lynn - 1997 - 266 σελίδες
...his unqualified admiration for Milton's poem. Not only does the poem satisfy the demands of the epic ("the first praise of genius is due to the writer...which are singly sufficient for other compositions" [I, 170]), but it also overrides the imaginative and moral reservations Johnson usually has toward...
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Samuel Johnson

Lawrence Lipking - 2000 - 384 σελίδες
...and Owners: The Invention of Copyright (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1993), p. 1. 10. "By the general consent of criticks the first praise...which are singly sufficient for other compositions"; Lives 1 : 1 70. 11. The Letters of John Keats, ed. HE Rollins (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University...
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Seeing Into the Life of Things: Essays on Literature and Religious Experience

John L. Mahoney - 1998 - 364 σελίδες
...conclusion, for Johnson's commentary on the poem begins with the extraordinary claim that Paradise Lost, "considered with respect to design, may claim the...the second, among the productions of the human mind" (170). Some critics, trying to reconcile these apparently conflicting views, have been led to argue...
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The Making of the English Literary Canon: From the Middle Ages to the Late ...

Trevor Ross, Trevor Thornton Ross - 2000 - 400 σελίδες
...it." Similarly, Johnson's gestures at ranking works according to artistic excellence - Paradise Lost, "considered with respect to design, may claim the...place, and with respect to performance the second" could seem both unequivocal and perfunctory, as if they were merely rhetorical and not actually positing...
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The Age of Elizabeth in the Age of Johnson

Jack Lynch, John T. Lynch - 2003 - 224 σελίδες
...Milton's scholarship "places him in the first rank of writers and criticks." Most tellingly, Johnson calls Paradise Lost "a poem which, considered with respect...performance the second, among the productions of the human mind."26 As Paul Fussell observes,"This is a remarkable flux of enthusiasm from Johnson, a man who...
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Paradise Lost, 1668-1968: Three Centuries of Commentary

Prof Earl Miner, Earl Roy Miner, William Moeck, Steven Edward Jablonski - 2004 - 510 σελίδες
...acrimonious republican with a Turkish contempt for females, and yet he said that "Paradise Lost [is] a poem which, considered with respect to design, may...the second, among the productions of the human mind" ("Milton" 1.170). (As is usual, priority is assigned to the Iliad.) Johnson therefore concludes his...
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Aesthetics of Literary Classification

Milind S. Malshe - 2003 - 178 σελίδες
...'Life of Milton', Dr. Johnson says: "... 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 ... "; further, Milton's Lycidas is severely criticised because "It's form is that of a pastoral, easy,...
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The Pleasure of Poetry: Reading and Enjoying British Poetry from Donne to Burns

Nicolas H. Nelson - 2006 - 267 σελίδες
...hatred of greatness, and a sullen desire of independence," but he also declared that Paradise Lost, "considered with respect to design, may claim the...the second, among the productions of the human mind" (Lives of the Poets 1: 109, 117). This was an extraordinary tribute from a man who was a vehement opponent...
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Das eigene und das fremde Leben: biographische Identitätsentwürfe in der ...

Helga Schwalm - 2007 - 418 σελίδες
...sein Werk Paradise Lost erhebt Johnson auf den Gipfel der Dichtkunst: "with respect to design, [it] may claim the first place, and with respect to performance the second, among the productions of the human mind."154 Doch wie bei der Person des Dichters bleibt auch Johnsons Urteil über das Werk ambivalent....
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

Samuel Johnson - 1825
...Those little pieces may be despatched without much anxiety ; a greater work calls for greater care. I am now to examine Paradise Lost ; a poem which,...the second, among the productions of the human mind. 97 and therefore relates some great event in the most affecting manner. History must supply the writer...




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