To convey this moral, there must be a fable, a narration artfully constructed, so as to excite curiosity, and surprise expectation. A doctor of physick, however, he was made at Oxford, in December, 1657; and, in the commencement of the Royal Society, of which an account has been given by Dr. The notice which you have been pleased to take of my labours, had it been early, had been kind; but it has been delayed till I am indifferent and cannot enjoy it, till I am solitary and cannot impart it, till I am known, and do not want it. Physiological learning is of such rare emergence, that one may know another half his life, without being able to estimate his skill in hydrostaticks or astronomy; but his moral and prudential character immediately appears. One of the artists in the valley is a man known for his mechanical powers; he had made plenty of helpful contraptions for the palace denizens.
Plays were therefore only criminal when they were acted by academicks. Johnson obtained some notice with his works London 1738 and The Vanity of Human Wishes 1749 -- both of which are considered great poems -- but his efforts in the 1750's are part of why he's considered a titan. He was rewarded with a thousand pounds, and his book was much read; for paradox, recommended by spirit and elegance, easily gains attention: and he who told every man that he was equal to his King could hardly want an audience. When the turn of success brought Milton into the like danger, Davenant repayed the benefit by appearing in his favour. Cowley adopted it, and excelled his predecessors, having as much sentiment, and more music. His visitors of high quality must now be imagined to be few; but men of parts might reasonably court the conversation of a man so generally illustrious, that foreigners are reported by Wood to have visited the house in Bread-street where he was born. In the verses for reason, is a passage which Bentley, in the only English verses which he is known to have written, seems to have copied, though with the inferiority of an imitator.
His great works were performed under discountenance and in blindness, but difficulties vanished at his touch; he was born for whatever is arduous; and his work is not the greatest of heroick poems, only because it is not the first. When the king was apparently returning, Harrington, with a few associates as fanatical as himself, used to meet, with all the gravity of political importance, to settle an equal government by rotation; and Milton, kicking when he could strike no longer, was foolish enough to publish, a few weeks before the Restoration, Notes upon a sermon preached by one Griffiths, intituled The Fear of God and the King. Something may be reasonably ascribed to veneration and compassion; to veneration of his abilities, and compassion for his distresses, which made it fit to forgive his malice for his learning. Cowley, like other poets who have written with narrow views, and, instead of tracing intellectual pleasures in the minds of men, paid their court to temporary prejudices, has been at one time too much praised, and too much neglected at another. Cowley Denham Milton Butler Rochester Roscommon Otway Waller Pomfret Dorset Stepney J. As in displaying the excellence of Milton I have not made long quotations, because of selecting beauties there had been no end, I shall in the same general manner mention that which seems to deserve censure; for what Englishman can take delight in transcribing passages, which, if they lessen the reputation of Milton, diminish in some degree the honour of our country? Cowley: Abraham Cowley 1618—67 , English poet. His domestick habits, so far as they are known, were those of a severe student.
Hence his undivided admiration of Pope and the French school, who cultivated exclusively the poetry of idea, where each moral problem is worked out with detailed, and often tedious, analysis; where all intense emotion is frittered away by a ratiocinative process. Milton when he undertook this answer was weak of body and dim of sight; but his will was forward, and what was wanting of health was supplied by zeal. Cui subjungitur compendiosa enumeratio poetarum saltern quorum fama maxima enituit qui a tempore Dantis Aligerii usque ad hanc aetatem claruerunt, etc. Audiences applauded by instinct, and poets perhaps often pleased by chance. While they run on together the closest translation may be considered as the best; but when they divaricate, each must take its natural course. To put these materials to poetical use is required an imagination capable of painting nature and realizing fiction.
He says of Goliah: His spear, the trunk was of a lofty tree, Which nature meant some tall ship's mast should be. Garrick, now its manager, returned the favours. Thus the description of Night in The Indian Emperor and the rise and fall of empire in The Conquest of Granada are more frequently repeated than any lines in All for Love or Don Sebastian. To such a performance Suckling could have brought the gaiety, but not the knowledge; Dryden could have supplied the knowledge, but not the gaiety. Perhaps no passages are more frequently or more attentively read than those extrinsick paragraphs; and, since the end of poetry is pleasure, that cannot be unpoetical with which all are pleased. The Davideis now remains to be considered; a poem which the author designed to have extended to twelve books, merely, as he makes no scruple of declaring, because the Aeneid had that number; but he had leisure or perseverance only to write the third part. For there are thoughts, as he justly remarks, which no observation of character can justify, because no good man would willingly permit them to pass, however transiently, through his own mind.
Their addresses to their Maker have little more than the voice of admiration and gratitude. As the Davideis affords only four books, though intended to consist of twelve, there is no opportunity for such criticism as epick poems commonly supply. She knew little of her grandfather, and that little was not good. In Boswell's life, however, there are some recorded instances of his own subjection to this common infirmity. The subject of an epick poem is naturally an event of great importance. To find sentiments for the state of innocence was very difficult; and something of anticipation, perhaps, is now and then discovered.
Thus he addresses his mistress: Thou who, in many a propriety, So truly art the sun to me, Add one more likeness, which I'm sure you can, And let me and my sun beget a man. I know not whether the characters are kept sufficiently apart. For wants he heat, or light? What this signifies, or may come to in time, God knows; if it be ominous, it can end in nothing less than hanging. Bride's Churchyard, and undertook the education of John and Edward Philips, his sister's sons. Of Cowley, we are told by Barnes, who had means enough of information, that, whatever he may talk of his own inflammability, and the variety of characters by which his heart was divided, he, in reality, was in love but once, and then never had resolution to tell his passion.
The Anacreon of Cowley, like the Homer of Pope, has admitted the decoration of some modern graces, by which he is undoubtedly more amiable to common readers, and, perhaps, if they would honestly declare their own perceptions, to far the greater part of those whom courtesy and ignorance are content to style the learned. In the same ode, celebrating the power of the muse, he gives her prescience, or, in poetical language, the foresight of events hatching in futurity; but, having once an egg in his mind, he cannot forbear to show us that he knows what an egg contains: Thou into the close nests of time dost peep, And there with piercing eye Through the firm shell and the thick white dost spy Years to come a-forming lie, Close in their sacred fecundine asleep. We are told that the benefit exchanged was life for life, but it seems not certain that Milton's life ever was in danger. Sin is indeed the mother of Death, and may be allowed to be the portress of hell; but when they stop the journey of Satan, a journey described as real, and when Death offers him battle, the allegory is broken. She kept a petty grocer's or chandler's shop, first at Holloway, and afterwards in Cock-lane near Shoreditch Church. To collect a dictionary, seems a work of all others least practicable in a state of blindness, because it depends upon perpetual and minute inspection and collation.