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Had the ancients been serious in their belief , we should not have bad their gods
exhibited in the manner we find them represented in the poets . The people
would not have suffered it . They disputed with good humour upon their fanciful ...
I like to recollect all the passages that I heard Johnson repeat : it stamps a value
on them . He told us , that the book entitled The Lives of the Poets , by Mr . Cibber
, was entirely compiled by Mr . Shiels P , a Scotchman , one of his amanuenses .
We have been induced to enter thus circumstantially into the foregoing detail of
facts relating to the Lives of the Poets , compiled by Messrs . Cibber and Shiels ,
from a sincere regard to that sacred principle of truth , to which Dr . Johnson so ...
He now gave it as bis opinion , that Akenside was a superiour poet both to Gray
and Mason . Talking of the reviews , Johnson said , I think them very impartial :
I do not know an instance of partiality . He mentioned what had passed upon ...
The general observed , that The Mediterranean would be a noble subject for a
poem . ... Poetry , indeed , cannot be translated ; and , therefore , it is the poets
that preserve languages ; for we would not be at the trouble to learn a language ,
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - keithhamblen - LibraryThing
12/22/20 I own the complete set (vol 1-54) and keep them at home on the top west shelf of my office; this includes The Great Conversation (which is volume 1) and The Great Ideas (volumes 2-3, the ... Read full review
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Picked up this entire set in excellent condition at a library sponsored used book sale for $60.00. hands down one of my best finds. Read full review