Works (Volume 2); Life and Letters

Works (Volume 2); Life and Letters

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Excerpt from book: finished "Friendship," and fearing that, if I delayed to send it, the press would get the start of my intention, and knowing perfectly that, with respect to the subject and the subject matter of it, it contained nothing that you would think exceptionable, I took the liberty to transmit it to Johnson, and hope that the next post will return it to me printed. It consists of between thirty and forty stanzas ; a length that qualifies it to supply the place of the two cancelled pieces, without the aid of the epistle I mentioned. According to the present arrangement, therefore, " Friendship," which is rather of a lively cast, though quite sober, will follow next after " Retirement," and " .ZEtna" will close the volume. Modern naturalists, I think, tell us that the volcano forms the mountain. I shall be charged therefore, perhaps, with an unphilosophical error in supposing that JEtna. was once unconscious of intestine fires, and as lofty as at present before the commencement of the eruptions. It is possible, however, that the rule, though just in some instances, may not be of universal application ; and, if it be, I do not know that a poet is obliged to write with a philosopher at his elbow, prepared always to bend down his imagination to mere matters of fact. You will oblige me by your opinion; and tell me, if you please, whether you think an apologetical note may be necessary; for I would not appear a dunce in matters that every Review reader must needs be apprized of. I say a note, because an alteration of the piece is impracticable; at least without cutting off its head, and setting on a new one; a task I should not readily undertake, because the lines which must, in that case, be thrown out, are some of the most poetical in the performance. Possessing greater advantages, and b...
Book Details
ISBN-13: 9780217420792
Publisher: Rarebooksclub.com
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Returnable: N
Spine Width: 4 mm
Width: 186 mm
ISBN-10: 0217420796
Publisher Date: 12 Oct 2012
Height: 242 mm
No of Pages: 84
Series Title: English
Weight: 168 gr
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