Lectures on the English Poets


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Excerpt: ...when Titan goes to bed; Or a shady bush or tree, She could more infuse in me, Than all Nature's beauties can, In some other wiser man. By her help I also now Make this churlish place allow Some things that may sweeten gladness In the very gall of sadness. The dull loneness, the black shade, That these hanging vaults have made, The strange music of the waves, Beating on these hollow caves, This black den which rocks emboss, Overgrown with eldest moss, The rude portals that give light More to terror than delight, ...

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Mar 5, 2009

The essay "Introductory on Poetry in General" alone is worth the price of the book. Should be read by everyone, especially those who believe that "poetry is not for them".

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