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" We often hear of the magical influence of poetry. The expression in general means nothing : but, applied to the writings of Milton, it is most appropriate. His poetry acts like an incantation. Its merit lies less in its obvious meaning than in its occult... "
Essays, Critical and Miscellaneous - Page 4
by Thomas Babington Macaulay Baron Macaulay - 1846 - 758 pages
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Protestant Union: A Treatise of True Religion, Heresy, Schism, Toleration ...

John Milton - 1826 - 56 pages
...of its fuel, but penetrated the whole superincumbent mass with its own heat and radiance. (P. 310.) We often hear of the magical influence of poetry....beauty , start at once into existence, and all the burial-places of the memory give up their dead. Change the structure of the sentence ; substitute one...
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Selections from the Edinburgh Review: Comprising the Best ..., Volumes 1-2

Maurice Cross - English literature - 1835
...cannot be comprehended or enjoyed, unless Ihe mind of the reader co-operate with that of the ЛУП ter. He does not paint a finished picture, or play for...of beauty start at once into existence, and all the burial-places of the memory give up their dead. Change the structure of the sentence : substitute one...
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An Essay on the Influence of Poetry on the Mind

J. Hemming Webb - Poetry - 1839 - 86 pages
...describing the occult power which the poems of that great man have over the minds of his readers. He says, " There would seem, at first sight, to be no more in...of beauty start at once into existence, and all the burial-places of the memory give up their dead. Change the structure of the sentence, substitute one...
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Critical and Miscellaneous Essays, Volume 1

Thomas Babington Macaulay Baron Macaulay - 1840
...play for a mere passive listener. He sketches, and leaves others to fill up the outline. He VOL I. 3 strikes the key-note, and expects his hearer to make...of beauty start at once into existence, and all the burial-places of the memory give up their dead. Change the structure of the sentence, substitute one...
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Critical and Miscellaneous Essays, Volume 1

Thomas Babington Macaulay Baron Macaulay - English essays - 1840
...Milton, it is most appropriate. His poetry acts like an incantation. Its merit lies less in its ohvious meaning than in its occult power. There would seem,...of beauty start at once into existence, and all the burial-places of the memory give up their dead. Change the structure of the sentence, substitute one...
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Studies in English poetry [an anthology] with biogr. sketches and notes by J ...

Joseph Payne - 1845
...and action to superior beings, to trace the counsels of hell, or accompany the choirs of heaven."2 "We often hear of the magical influence of poetry....enchantment. No sooner are they pronounced, than the past is 1 Campbell. " Specimens, &c.," Introduction, p. Ixxx. 8 Dr. Johnson. "Life of Milton." present and...
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English Literature of the Nineteenth Century ...

Charles Dexter Cleveland - English literature - 1851 - 746 pages
...writer. He does not paint a finished picture, or play for a mere passive listener. He sketches, aud leaves others to fill up the outline. He strikes the...of beauty start at once into existence, and all the burial-places of the memory give up their dead. Change the structure of the sentence, substitute one...
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Critical and Historical Essays: Contributed to the Edinburgh Review, Volume 1

Thomas Babington Macaulay Baron Macaulay - English literature - 1853
...them. The works of Milton cannot be comprehended or enjoyed, unless the mind of the reader co-operate with that of the writer. He does not paint a finished...of beauty start at once into existence, and all the burial-places of the memory give up their dead. Change the structure of the sentence ; substitute one...
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The Dublin university magazine

University magazine - 1855
...between the two great poems ; and the fine criticism of Mucaulay on Milton may be applied to Dante: — " His poetry acts like an incantation. Its merit lies...beauty start at once into existence, and. all the burial-places of the memory give up their dead." There is one element essential to tho Italian mind,...
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Studies in English poetry [an anthology] with biogr. sketches and notes by J ...

Joseph Payne - 1856
...and action to superior beings, to trace the counsels of hell, or accompany the choirs of heaven." 1 "We often hear of the magical influence of poetry....of beauty start at once into existence, and all the burial-places of the memory give up their dead. Change the structure of the sentence, substitute one...
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