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" Of sentiments purely religious, it will be found that the most simple expression is the most sublime. Poetry loses its lustre and its power, because it is applied to the decoration of something more excellent than itself. "
Lives of the English Poets: Cowley-Dryden - Página 292
por Samuel Johnson - 1905
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The Living Age ..., Volumen283

1914
...offended if I advance, in opposition to many authorities that poetical devotion cannot often please ... All that pious verse can do is to help the memory...very useful, but it supplies nothing to the mind." As for the poetry written to the people and by the people, that, too, supplies uncommonly little to...
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The Quarterly Review, Volumen200

William Gifford, Sir John Taylor Coleridge, John Gibson Lockhart, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, William Smith, Sir John Murray IV, Rowland Edmund Prothero (Baron Ernle) - 1904
...to rank with the highest forms has been impugned by eminent authority. ' Poetry," says Dr Johnson, ' loses its lustre and its power, because it is applied...decoration of something more excellent than itself.' Even were we disposed to acquiesce in this characteristically magisterial pronouncement, we may be...
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The Visionary Company: A Reading of English Romantic Poetry

Harold Bloom - 1971 - 477 páginas
...Johnson's doubts about devotional verse are relevant and definitive when applied to much of The Excursion: Of sentiments purely religious, it will be found that...very useful; but it supplies nothing to the mind. Dr. Johnson would hardly have admired The Prelude and its attendant poems, but he would have acknowledged...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson

Robert Anderson - 1973 - 639 páginas
...diffuse itself through many topics of persuasion ; but supplication to God can only cry for mercy. Of sentiments purely religious, it will be found,...that the most simple expression is the most sublime. The ideas of Christian theology are too simple for eloquence, too sacred for fiction, and too majestic...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D (1815)

Robert Anderson - 1974 - 639 páginas
...diffuse itself through many topics of persuasion ; but supplication to God can only cry for mercy. Of sentiments purely religious, it will be found,...that the most simple expression is the most sublime. The ideas of Christian theology are too simple for eloquence, too sacred for fiction, and too majestic...
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The Making of Johnson's Dictionary 1746-1773

Allen Reddick, Professor of English Literature Allen Reddick, Samuel Johnson - 1996 - 252 páginas
...English Poetry before 1660, pp. 80-1. Johnson was generally against devotional poetry, insisting that, "Of sentiments purely religious, it will be found...that the most simple expression is the most sublime" ("Life of Waller," in Lives, 1, p. 292). "The paucity of its topicks enforces perpetual repetition,"...
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Devotional Poetics and the Indian Sublime: Lacan's Return to Freud

Vijay Mishra - 1998 - 268 páginas
...Dennis and Burke/ Dr. Johnson's concern remains centrally with questions of correct representationalism: Poetry loses its lustre and its power, because it...and delight the ear, and for these purposes it may he very useful; hut it supplies nothing to the mind. The ideas of Christian Theology are too simple...
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Samuel Johnson

Lawrence Lipking - 2000 - 384 páginas
...better: "Contemplative piety, or the intercourse between God and the human soul, cannot be poetical . . . Poetry loses its lustre and its power, because it...to the decoration of something more excellent than itself."48 The supernatural, or "flights of imagination which pass the bounds of nature," would not...
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Johnson, Writing, and Memory

Greg Clingham - 2002 - 222 páginas
...of the Rambler essays. In response to Johnson's differentiation of religious from artistic thinking "Of sentiments purely religious, it will be found...that the most simple expression is the most sublime . . . The ideas of Christian Theology are too simple for eloquence, too sacred for fiction, and too...
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Rites of Passage: Rational/Irrational Natural/Supernatural Local/Global

Associazione italiana di anglistica. Congresso - 2003 - 565 páginas
...tool for religion, which "must be shown as it is; suppression and addition equally corrupt it. [...] All that pious verse can do is to help the memory, and delight the ear [...]; it supplies nothing to the mind. The ideas of Christian Theology are too simple for eloquence,...
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