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" This Poem being writ in the manner of Spenser, the obsolete words, and a simplicity of diction in some of the lines which borders on the ludicrous, were necessary to make the imitation more perfect. "
The Poetical Works of James Thomson: With His Last Corrections, Additions ... - Page 129
by James Thomson, John Aikin - 1804
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The Complete Poetical Works of James Thomson

James Thomson - 1908 - 516 pages
...revision, is given here.] ADVERTISEMENT This Poem being writ in thc manner of .Sponsor, the obsolete words, and a simplicity of diction in some of the lines which/...admirable poet, as well as; the measure in which he wrote, arc as it were appropriated by custom to all allegorical poems writ in our language just as' in...
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Twelve Centuries of English Poetry and Prose

Alphonso Gerald Newcomer - 1910 - 756 pages
...care-free s adorned n mourn * "This poem being writ in the manner of Spenser, the obsolete words, and the mpanion of thy course? " Some lucky licence answer...proposed, that licence is a rule. Thus Pegasus,7 a n (Thomson's note.) The influence of the poem in turn upon Tennyson's The Lotos-Eaters is also to be...
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Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, Volume 26

Modern Language Association of America - 1911
...serious and ambitious poem. Mr. Phelps quotes from the preface, which says that " The obsolete words, and simplicity of diction in some of the lines, which...necessary to make the imitation more perfect," and suggests that the School-mistress of Shenstone had something to do with the making of Thomson's poem....
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THE CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE

1913
...lines, which borders on the ludicrous, were necessary to make the imitation more perfect. And the stile of that admirable poet, as well as the measure in...Poems writ in our language; just as in French the stile of Marot, who lived under Francis i, has been used in tales, and familiar epistles, by the politest...
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The Cambridge History of English Literature Volume X the Age of Johnson

...poem (says the advertisement prefixed to it) being writ in the manner of Spenser, the obsolete words, and a simplicity of diction in some of the lines,...necessary to make the imitation more perfect. And the stile of that admirable poet, as well as the measure in which he wrote, are, as it were, appropriated...
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A History of English Literature

John Buchan - 1923 - 675 pages
...author of The Faerie Queene : " This poem being writ in the manner of Spenser, the obsolete words, and a simplicity of diction in some of the lines,...were necessary to make the imitation more perfect " (Advertisement). Another guest there was, of sense refined, Who felt each worth, for every worth...
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A History of Modern English Romanticism, Volume 1

Harko Gerrit de Maar - 1924 - 246 pages
..."advertisement" is worth quoting: "This poem being writ in the manner of Spenser, the obsolete words.and a simplicity of diction in some of the lines, which...writ in our language; just as in French, the style of Marot, who lived under Francis the First, has been used in tales, and familiar epistles, by the politest...
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A History of Modern English Romanticism, Volume 1

Harko Gerrit de Maar - 1924 - 246 pages
...extreme majesty." 1748. James Thomson in the "Advertisement" of "The Castle of Indolence": "And the stile of that Admirable Poet as well as the Measure in which...custom to all Allegorical Poems writ in our Language." 1751. Robert Lloyd in the preface to The Progress of Envy still condemns the stanza, "which is universally...
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A Critical History of English Literature: The Restoration to 1800, Volume 3

David Daiches - 1979 - 319 pages
...prefixed to the poem he wrote: "This poem being writ in the manner of Spenser, the obsolete words, and a simplicity of diction in some of the lines which...were necessary to make the imitation more perfect." Nevertheless, in spite of some deliberately humorous flickers in the handling of language and in portraits...
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Byron: A Poet Before His Public

Philip W. Martin, Martin Philip W - 1982 - 253 pages
...Thomson with his tongue in his cheek: This poem being writ in the manner of Spenser, the obsolete words, and a simplicity of diction in some of the lines which...were necessary to make the imitation more perfect. (Advertisement to The Castle of Indolence)17 It would be a mistake to suggest that Byron was unaware...
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