The Lives of the Most Celebrated English Poets, with Criticisms Extr. from Dr. Johnson

The Lives of the Most Celebrated English Poets, with Criticisms Extr. from Dr. Johnson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1805 edition. Excerpt: ...and with dignity, rather than arrogance, enforces his own claims to kindness and respect: It is in this poem that the satirical lines upon Addison are introduced. His last satires of the general kind were two Dialogues named, from the year in which they were published, " Seventeen Hundred and Thirty-eight." The " Memoirs of Scriblerus," published about this time, extend only to the first book of a work projected in concert by Pope, Swift, and Arbuthnot, who used to meet in the time of Queen Anne, and denominated themselves the " Scriblerus-CIub." The design was never completed. From the materials which he had provided he added, at Warburton's request, another book to the " Dunciad;" and some time after he published a new edition of it in which he degraded Theobald from his painful preeminence, and enthroned Cibber, with whom he had long been at war, in his stead. Being now afflicted with an asthma, and finding the powers of life gradually declining, he no longer strained his faculties with any original composition, nor proposed any other employment for his remaining life than the revisal and correction of his former works. He laid aside all thoughts of his epic poem; '-..-. i, ' the last sacrament, he said, There is nothing that it meritorious hut virtue and friendship, qnd indeed friendship itself is only a part vf virtue. He died in the evening of the 30th of May 1744 so placidly that the attendants did not discern the exact time of his expiration. He was buried at Twickenham near his father and mother, where a monument has been erected to him by his commentator the Bishop of Gloucester. Speaking of Pope's person and private manners Dr. Johnson says, "He compared himself to a spider, and more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236991168
  • 9781236991164