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" Yet great labour, directed by great abilities, is never wholly lost ; if they frequently threw away their wit upon false conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth : if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often worth the carriage.... "
The Works of Samuel Johnson - Página 22
por Samuel Johnson - 1810
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The Twentieth Century, Volumen7

1880
...may think so too. •Dr. Johnson admits that ' no man could be born a metaphysical poet,' and that ' to write on their plan it was at least necessary to read and think.' It certainly required learning as well as wit to embody as in the above poem the quintessence of the...
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A Critical History of English Literature, Vol. 3, Volumen3

David Daiches - 1979 - 319 páginas
...wit upon false conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth: if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often worth the carriage. To...imitations, by traditional imagery and hereditary similes, by readiness of rhyme, and volubility of syllables. Great poetry for Johnson required both...
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A Critical History of English Literature, Vol. 1, Volumen1

David Daiches - 1979 - 245 páginas
...sonneteers it can be said, as Johnson said of the "metaphysical" poets of the seventeenth century, that "to write on their plan it was at least necessary to read and think." Indeed, the "conceit" of the Petrarchan sonneteer is not basically different from that of the metaphysical...
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Valuation in Criticism and Other Essays

Leavis F R, F. R. Leavis - 1986 - 309 páginas
...erudite obscurity, metaphorical extravagance and cerebral corrugation. But, as Doctor Johnson conceded, 'to write on their plan, it was at least necessary to read and think' (the italics are mine). In the tradition established by Donne it was assumed that a poet should be...
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A Dictionary of Modern Critical Terms

Roger Fowler - 1987 - 262 páginas
...textual work. Not the least of its values lies in the learning and wit of its principal practitioners. 'To write on their plan, it was at least necessary to read and think.' Sce also D1SCOURSE, PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHOANALYS1S. For a concise account sce DC Wood, 'An 1ntroduction...
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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
...wit upon false conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth: if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often worth the carriage. To...plan it was at least necessary to read and think." The ingenuity which might distract from an affecting poetical experience could nevertheless provide...
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The Sacred Wood and Major Early Essays

T. S. Eliot - 1997 - 130 páginas
...wit upon false conceits, they likewise sometimes struck out unexpected truth: if their conceits were far-fetched, they were often worth the carriage. To...at least necessary to read and think. No man could he horn a metaphysical poet, nor assume the dignity of a writer, hy descriptions copied from descriptions,...
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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
...great abilities, its capacity to stimulate the reader to "recollection or inquiry," and its originality ("to write on their plan it was at least necessary to read and to think. No man could be born a metaphysical poet" [I, 11). That is, Johnson identifies Donne as having...
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Poetic Designs: An Introduction to Meters, Verse Forms, and Figures of Speech

Stephen Adams - 1997 - 252 páginas
...And though Johnson's admiration for the metaphysicals is severely qualified, he does conclude that "to write on their plan, it was at least necessary to read and think."'2 When John Donne compares two lovers to "stiff twin compasses"— to cite the standard example—...
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John Donne: Man of Flesh and Spirit

David Edwards - 2001 - 368 páginas
...Dr Johnson, 'was their whole endeavour.' He was not entirely hostile to these 'metaphysical' poets: 'to write on their plan it was at least necessary to read and think'. But his verdict was that they 'fail to give delight by their desire of exciting admiration'. He complained...
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