Observations on Poetry, Especially the Epic:: Occasioned by the Late Poem Upon Leonidas..

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H. Woodfall. Sold by J. Brotherton, ... J. Nourse ... and R. Dodsley, 1738 - Epic poetry - 167 pages

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Page 81 - With solemn touches troubled thoughts, and chase Anguish and doubt and fear and sorrow and pain From mortal or immortal minds. Thus they, Breathing united force with fixed thought, Moved on in silence to soft pipes that charmed Their painful steps o'er the burnt soil.
Page 81 - Anon they move In perfect phalanx to the Dorian mood Of flutes and soft recorders...
Page 80 - Obscure some glimpse of joy, to have found their chief Not in despair, to have found themselves not lost In loss itself: which on his countenance cast Like doubtful hue : but he, his wonted pride Soon recollecting, with high words, that bore Semblance of worth, not substance, gently raised Their fainting courage, and dispell'd their fears.
Page 80 - A shout, that tore hell's concave, and beyond Frighted the reign of Chaos and old Night. All in a moment...
Page 82 - Subjection, but requir'd with gentle sway, And by her yielded, by him best receiv'd, Yielded with coy submission, modest pride, And sweet reluctant amorous delay.
Page 66 - Sparta ! and demand my life ; My heart, exulting, answers to thy call, And smiles on glorious fate. To live with fame The gods...
Page 81 - Nor wanting power to mitigate and swage, With solemn touches troubled thoughts, and chase Anguish, and doubt, and fear, and sorrow, and pain, From mortal or immortal minds. Thus they, Breathing united force, with fixed thought...
Page 82 - Forth ifluing on a fummer's morn to breathe Among the pleafant villages and farms Adjoin'd, from each thing met conceives delight, The fmell of grain, or tedded grafs, or kine...
Page 81 - Truth, wifdom, fanâitude fevere and pure ; Severe, but in true filial freedom plac'd ; Whence true authority in men : though both Not equal, as their fex not equal feem'd ; For contemplation he and valour form'd, For foftnefs me and fweet attractive grace , He for God only, fhe for God in him.
Page 134 - Numbers, fit quantity of fyllables, and the fenfe varioufly drawn out from one verfe into another ; not in the jingling found of like endings ; a fault avoided by the learned Antients both in Poetry, and all good Oratory.

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