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" That this is a practice contrary to the rules of criticism will be readily allowed; but there is always an appeal open from criticism to nature. The end of writing is to instruct; the end of poetry is to instruct by pleasing. "
The Works of Samuel Johnson, L. L. D.: In Twelve Volumes - Página 136
por Samuel Johnson - 1809
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Sources of Dramatic Theory: Volume 2, Voltaire to Hugo

D. J. Conacher - 1991 - 292 páginas
...of the design, sometimes produce seriousness and sorrow, and sometimes levity and laughter <Hu/26o>. That this is a practice contrary to the rules of criticism...is always an appeal open from criticism to nature 21 See also Rambler 1 56. -4 Events. <1:Lp/187>. The end of writing is to instruct; the end of poetry...
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The Art of John Gardner: Instruction and Exploration

Per Winther - 1992 - 221 páginas
...admonition in "Preface to Shakespeare" states the instrumentalist precept in its most concise form: "The end of writing is to instruct; the end of poetry is to instruct by pleasing" (73). Even though the pragmatic tradition in England was more or less eclipsed by the advent of Romanticism...
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William Shakespeare: The Critical Heritage, Volumen5

Brian Vickers - 1995 - 568 páginas
...serious and ludicrous2 characters,3 and, in the successive evolutions of the design, sometimes produce seriousness and sorrow, and sometimes levity and laughter....is to instruct; the end of poetry is to instruct by pleasing.4 That the mingled drama may convey all the instruction of tragedy or comedy cannot be denied,...
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Closet Performances: Political Exhibition and Prohibition in the Dramas of ...

Michael Simpson - 1998 - 469 páginas
...in the act of asserting both its inability to absorb this practice and its ability to do just that: "That this is a practice contrary to the rules of...is always an appeal open from criticism to nature" (15). Nor can Shakespeare's text be finalized for such a necessarily inadequate criticism, since Johnson's...
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William Shakespeare, Richard II

Martin Coyle - 1999 - 192 páginas
...has united the powers of exciting laughter and sorrow not only in one mind but in one composition.... That this is a practice contrary to the rules of criticism...always an appeal open from criticism to nature... Tragedy was not in those times a poem of more general dignity or elevation than comedy; it required...
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The Book of Literary Terms: The Genres of Fiction, Drama, Nonfiction ...

Lewis Turco - 1999 - 224 páginas
...good; aesthetics, the beautiful; and pragmatics, the useful. Samuel Johnson (1709-84) believed that "the end of writing is to instruct; the end of poetry is to instruct by pleasing," which is the feature that distinguishes belles lettres from other kinds of writing. As the century...
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Candor and Perversion: Literature, Education, and the Arts

Roger Shattuck - 2000 - 415 páginas
...Shakespeare" (1765), Dr. Johnson did not shrink from keeping Horace's double formula at the center. "The end of writing is to instruct; the end of poetry is to instruct by pleasing." A modern author of novels known in part for their licentiousness, DH Lawrence, wrote very plainly about...
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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 páginas
...humanity could be morally effective in leading to goodness only if they were made clear and appealing: "The end of writing is to instruct; the end of poetry is to instruct by pleasing."64 Interestingly, this central tenet of the rhetorical tradition gave Johnson a good deal...
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Forme del tragicomico nel teatro tardo elisabettiano e giacomiano

Vittoria Intonti - 2004 - 282 páginas
...united the power of exciting laughter and sorrow not only in one mind, but in one composition.[...] That this is a practice contrary to the rules of criticism...but there is always an appeal open from criticism to nature4'. Nel periodo giacomiano John Fletcher, che successe a Shakespeare quale drammaturgo di punta...
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Emerging Perspectives on Chinua Achebe, Volumen1

Ernest Emenyo̲nu, Iniobong I. Uko - 2004 - 475 páginas
...delight' (duke et utile), and 'to speak the truth laughing' (Ridentem dicere veruni). To Samuel Johnson, the end of writing is to instruct, the end of poetry is to instruct by pleasing" 2109) and "the greatest graces of a play are to copy nature and instruct life" (2114). The idea of...
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