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" He is the very Janus of poets ; he wears almost everywhere two faces; and you have scarce begun to admire the one, ere you despise the other. "
The Works of John Dryden: Now First Collected ... - Page 220
by John Dryden, Walter Scott - 1808
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Shakespeare, the Man and His Works: Being All the Subject Matter about ...

1904 - 366 pages
...to so low expressions, as he often does. He is the very Janus of poets; he wears almost everywhere two faces; and you have scarce begun to admire the one, ere you despise the other. . . . Let us therefore admire the beauties and the height of Shakespeare, without falling after him...
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Anglia: Zeitschrift für englische Philologie

Comparative linguistics - 1905
...it is äs affected äs it is obscure": "He is the very Janus of poets; he wears, almost everywhere two faces: and you have scarce begun to admire the one, e're you despise the other". And Pope: „With all these great excellencies , he has almost äs great defects; and ... äs he has...
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Literary Reviews and Criticisms

Prosser Hall Frye - Literature - 1908 - 312 pages
...to so low expressions, as he often does. He is the very Janus of poets; he wears almost everywhere two faces; and you have scarce begun to admire the one, ere you despise the other. Now it must be confessed that these extracts do not represent Dryden's best critical tone. They were...
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Handy-book of Literary Curiosities

William S. Walsh - Curiosa - 1909 - 1104 pages
...to so low expressions as he often does. He is the very Janus of poets ; he wears almost everywhere two faces ; and you have scarce begun to admire the one ere you despise the other." Of the Elizabethan audiences he writes, "They knew no better, and therefore were satisfied with what...
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Pamphlets in Philology and the Humanities, Volume 12

Animal behavior - 1892
...expressions, as he often does. He is the very Janus of poets ; he wears almost everywhere two faces ; you have scarce begun to admire the one, ere you despise the other." l After stating that even Ben Jonson descended to the "most grovelling kind of wit, which we call clenches,"...
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Selected Dramas of John Dryden: With The Rehearsal

John Dryden, George Villiers Duke of Buckingham - 1910 - 504 pages
...to so low expressions, as he often does. He is the very Janus of poets; he wears almost everywhere two faces; and you have scarce begun to admire the...the luxuriance of Fletcher, (which his friends have tax'd in him,) a less fault than the carelessness of Shakspere. 30 He does not well always; and, when...
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680-1638

Charles Wells Moulton - American literature - 1910
...to so low expressions, as he often does. He is the very Janus of poets ; he wears almost everywhere two faces; and you have scarce begun to admire the one, ere you despise the other. . . . Let us therefore admire the beauties and the height of Shakespeare, without falling after him...
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A History of Eighteenth Century Literature (1660-1780)

Edmund Gosse - English literature - 1923 - 415 pages
...He is the very Janus of poets ; he wears, almost everywhere, two faces : and you have scarce began to admire the one, ere you despise the other. Neither...Shakespeare. He does not well always, and, when he does, fieTs a true Englishman ; he knows not when to give over. If he wakes in one scene he commonly slumbers...
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A Literary History of England

Tucker Brooke, Matthias A.. Shaaber - Literary Criticism - 1959 - 462 pages
...written better than any poet, in any language ... is the very Janus of poets; he wears almost everywhere two faces; and you have scarce begun to admire the one, ere you despise the other." Similarly Dryden finds many faults among ancient writers, but yet holds them to be the best teachers...
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The Just and the Lively: The Literary Criticism of John Dryden

Michael Werth Gelber - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 342 pages
...cold and irreverent: Never did any Author precipitate himself from such heights of thought to so low expressions, as he often does. He is the very Janus...begun to admire the one, e're you despise the other. 16 Jonson and Fletcher are treated with even less favour: much of the early praise Dryden had lavished...
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