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" Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for instruction, retire harassed and overburdened,... "
The Monthly magazine - Page 120
by Monthly literary register - 1839
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The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry

John Sitter - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 298 pages
...popular works such as Lycidas, the Masque, and Paradise Lost ("The want of human interest is always felt. Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader...take up again ... Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure").46 Striking at Milton's role as the great national poet, Johnson criticized his "foreign...
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Milton and the Preaching Arts

Jameela Lares - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 352 pages
...Addison, Richard Steele, et al., The Spectator, ed. Donald F. Bond, 5 vols. [Oxford, 1965], 3:386). "Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader...admires and lays down and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is" (Samuel Johnson, "Milton," in Samuel Johnson, ed. Donald Greene...
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Imperfect Sense: The Predicament of Milton's Irony

Victoria Silver - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 409 pages
...Johnson would be moved famously to remark that no one ever wished Paradise Lost longer than it is: "Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for instruction, retire harassed and overburdened, and look elsewhere for recreation; we desert our master, and seek for companions."" Johnson...
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Johnson, Writing, and Memory

Greg Clingham - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 222 pages
...infamous, apparently decisive observation seems to come: "The want of human interest is always felt. Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader...admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure" (para. 252). Such...
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The Major Works

John Milton - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 966 pages
...and classical models; but he also notes the strain that the epic imposes upon the reader: 'Parodiee Lost is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is.' Developing an observation of Addison 's about Milton's style,...
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Paradise Lost (Kastan Edition)

John Milton, David Scott Kastan - Poetry - 496 pages
...praise, they have often been less so in their affection. Samuel Johnson's pungent observation that "Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down and forgets to take up again"4 has too often been borne out in experience. It is not a poem that sits comfortingly by the...
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The Yale Book of Quotations

Fred R. Shapiro, Associate Librarian and Lecturer in Legal Research Fred R Shapiro - Reference - 2006 - 1067 pages
...which has always been combated, and always has prevailed. 37 The want of human interest is always felt. ho shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean...hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up hi None ever wished it longer than it is. Lives of the English Poets "Milton" (1779-1781) 38 [Of Alexander...
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Reading Genesis in the Long Eighteenth Century: From Milton to Mary Shelley

Ana M. Acosta - Religion - 2006 - 207 pages
...and perhaps explains the durability of that most famous of epigrams in Johnson's Lives of the Poets, "Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader...admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is."8 Yet if Milton's poem and the Eden it depicts are conceived...
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Das eigene und das fremde Leben: biographische Identitätsentwürfe in der ...

Helga Schwalm - Autobiography - 2007 - 418 pages
...deren ästhetisches Vergnügen ungetrübt ist, denn "[t] he want of human interest is always feit. Pa.ra.dise Lost is one of the books which the reader...admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer thanit is."156 Erhabenheit und ästhetisches Vergnügen kommen bei Johnson...
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The Constitution of Literature: Literacy, Democracy, and Early English ...

Lee Morrissey - Literary Criticism - 2008 - 242 pages
...differences between them with regard to reading. For example, Johnson writes, regarding Paradise Lost, "Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure. We read Milton for instruction, retire harassed and overburdened, and look elsewhere for recreation" (ibid., 183-84). On the one hand, we could say that...
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