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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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Five Hundred Years of Chaucer Criticism and Allusion, 1357-1900, Volume 1

Caroline Frances Eleanor Spurgeon - 1960
...of Indolence (1748) says that as the poem is written in the manner of Spenser, ' the obsolete words and a simplicity of diction in some of the lines, which borders on the ludicrous,' are necessary in order to make the imitation more perfect. And William Mickle, another imitator, writes,...
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