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" Nor was the sublime more within their reach than the pathetic; for they never attempted that comprehension and expanse of thought which at once fills the whole mind, and of which the first effect is sudden astonishment, and the second rational admiration.... "
The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: With An Essay on His Life and Genius - Página 21
por Samuel Johnson - 1810
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A Critical History of English Literature: The Restoration to 1800, Volumen3

David Daiches - 1979 - 319 páginas
...commonly thinks his improvement dearly bought, and, though he sometimes admires, is seldom pleased. . . . Sublimity is produced by aggregation, and littleness...and in descriptions not descending to minuteness. . . . Those writers who lay on the watch for novelty could have little hope of greatness; for great...
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Chamfort

Claude Arnaud - 1992 - 340 páginas
...also operates at a high level of generality. "Great thoughts are always general," wrote Dr. Johnson, "and consist in positions not limited by exceptions,...and in descriptions not descending to minuteness." When the aphorist stylishly remarks upon the conduct of human behavior — and without style, that...
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Boswell: Citizen of the World, Man of Letters

Irma S. Lustig - 1995 - 270 páginas
...metaphoric. A typical and characteristic expression of his position may be found in his "Life of Cowley": "Great thoughts are always general, and consist in...and in descriptions not descending to minuteness.""' He tells Boswell, "he always laboured when he said a good thing" (3: 260, 5: 77), by which he sometimes...
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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 páginas
...general terms. "Great thoughts are always general," Johnson was later to write in his "Life of Cowley," "and consist in positions not limited by exceptions,...and in descriptions not descending to minuteness" (Lives, I, 11). Johnson explains with some precision in the Preface what it means to write criticism...
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Studies in Criticism and Aest

Howard Anderson - 1999 - 419 páginas
...whole mind, and of which the first effect is sudden astonishment, and the second rational admiration. Sublimity is produced by aggregation, and littleness...subtlety, which in its original import means exility [ie, thinness, meagreness] of particles, is taken in its metaphorical meaning for nicety of distinction....
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The Picturesque and the Sublime: A Poetics of the Canadian Landscape

Susan Glickman - 2000 - 212 páginas
...apprenticeship to the picturesque emphasis on pictorial accuracy, now tended towards Dr Johnson's opinion that: "Sublimity is produced by aggregation, and littleness...exceptions, and in descriptions not descending to minuteness."36 So he rewrites Descriptive Sketches in the sixth book of the 1805 Prelude; in the eleventh,...
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Geschichte der Literaturkritik: Das späte 18. Jahrhundert, das Zeitalter der ...

René Wellek - 1978 - 754 páginas
...often an individual, in those of Shakespeare it is commonly a species.« 36. Lives, I (Cowley), 21: »Sublimity is produced by aggregation, and littleness...and in descriptions not descending to minuteness.« 37. ebenda, / (Butler), 213—14; / (Cowley), 46; Raleigh, S. 158—9. 3 8. ebenda, j (Gray), 441:...
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The Port Folio, Volumen7

1812
...mind, and of which the first effect is sudden astonishment, and the second, rational admiration." " Great thoughts are always general, and consist in...and in descriptions not descending to minuteness. These metaphysical writers were always analytic: they broke every image into fragments, and could no...
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