Select Poets of Great Britain: To Which Are Prefixed, Critical Notices of Each Author (Classic Reprint)
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All that could be done for this object, has been attempted in the present instance. I have brought together in one view (to the best of my judgment) the most admired smaller pieces of poetry, and the most striking pmsages in larger works, which could not themselves be given, entire. I have availed myself of the plan chalked out by my predecessor, but in the hope of im proving upon it. To possess a work of this kind ought to be like holding the contents of a library in one's hand without any of the refuse or baser matter. If it had not been thought that the former work admitted of considerable immovement in the choice of subj ects, inasmuch as inferior and indifferent productions not rarely occupied the place of sterling excellence, the present publication would not have been hazarded. Another difference is that I have followed the order of time, instead of the division of the subjects. By this method, the progress of poetry is better seen and understood; and besides, the real subjects of poetry are so much alike or run so much into one another, as not easily to come under any precise classification.
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