The Spectator with Sketches of the Lives of the Authors and Explanatory, 8; With Sketches of the Lives of the Authors and Explanatory Notes

The Spectator with Sketches of the Lives of the Authors and Explanatory, 8; With Sketches of the Lives of the Authors and Explanatory Notes

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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. 1797 edition. Excerpt: ...lum-ny lqshe:, saith a celebrated author, tl.at Iaa-ve dropped from your ffirn, &Te. I suppose this gentleman having frequently heard ofga/I dropping from a pen, and bring qshtd in dstztire, he was resolved to have them both at any rate, and so uttered this complete piece ofnonsense. It will most effectually discover the absurdity of these monstrous unions, ifwe will suppose these metaphors or images actually painted. Imagine then a hand holding a pen, and several lashes of whip-cord falling from it, and you have the true repre sentation of this sort of eloquence. Ibelicve, by this very rule, a reader may be able to judge of the union of all metaphors whatsoever, and determine which are homogeneous, and which heterogeneous; or, to speak more plainly, which are confistent, and which inconfiitent. There is yet one evil more which I must take notice os, and that is, the running of metaphors into tedious allegories, which, though an error on the better hand, causes confufion as much as the other. This becomes abomi-nable when the lustre of one word leads a writer out os his road, and makes him wander from his subject for a page together. I remember a young fellow of this turn, who having said by chance, that his mistress had a world of charms, thereupon took occafion to confider her as one possessed of frigid and torrid zones, and pursued her from the one pole to the other. l shall conclude this paper with a letter written in that enormous style, which I hope my reader hath by this time set his heart against. The epistle hath heretosore received great applause; but after. what hath been said, let any man commend it if he dare. S I R, . 5 AFTER the many heavy Iq/Iye: that have fallen from your pen, you may justly expect in retu-rn all the...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236867246
  • 9781236867247