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~ Having ventured to lay these papers before the
Public, the author dare not go further, in explanat ion or apology, than to express a hope that, whatever imperfections may be found in them, the candid reader will be more inclined to approve than condemn what he cannot but perceive has been done in good faith, and in honour of a noble art, which its advocate may have
“loved, not wisely, but too well.” That art he pretends not to teach, but merely to illustrate according to his views of its worth and influence.
Dept mablubery Brunch
Circ. nsfer from a
Claiming the right of an author to borrow from himself, he has adopted a few brief passages, with necessary alterations, from the Introductory Essays to the Christian Psalmist and the Christian Poet, compiled by him for MR. COLLINS, of Glasgow. A few larger sections, but entirely new-modelled, have been taken from critical articles furnished by him to a respectable Review, between the years 1806 and 1815. The “ Retrospect of Literature,” and the “ View of Modern English Literature,”
were printed in the first volume of the “ Metropolis tan,” edited by Mr. CAMPBELL, after they had been delivered at the Royal INSTITUTION.
To the noble President, and the honourable Managers of that Institution, as well as to the liberal-minded audiences before whom the whole series was delivered, it is but justice to add, distinctly, that they are in nowise responsible for any thing in these Lectures which was unworthy to be repeated before them. The author would disdain to shelter himself under their sanction from any censure which honest criticism can inflict upon him, in cases where he may have abused their confidence. The Lectures have been anxiously revised, especially those parts which the limited time allowed for delivery required to be omitted on the spot, but which appeared to be more necessary for their intelligence when submitted to cool perusal, than when uttered before indulgen: hearers with the living voice.
Sheffield, April 24, 1833.
Truth a Test of Poetry—The Poetical in Objects of Sight-The
Poetical in Sounds—The Poetical of Place and Circumstance
ON THE POETICAL CHARACTER; THE THEMES AND INFLUENCES
The Desire of Fame-Few Universal Reputations-Poetic As.
pirations and Pursuits-The Themes of Poetry—The Influ.
ence of Poetry-Henry Kirke White-Robert Burns . . 184
A RETROSPECT OF LITERATURE.
A VIEW OF MODERN ENGLISH LITERATURE.