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" O could I flow like thee, and make thy stream My great example, as it is my theme! Though deep, yet clear, though gentle, yet not dull, Strong without rage, without o'er-flowing full. "
The Lives of the English Poets: cowley. Denham. Milton. Butler. Rochester ... - Sivu 50
tekijä(t) Samuel Johnson - 1858
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Lives of the English Poets: With Critical Observations on Their Works ; And ...

Samuel Johnson - 1840 - 502 sivua
...sentiments sometimes such as will not bear a rigorous inquiry. The four verses, which, since Dryden has commended them, almost every writer for a century past has imitated, are generally known: O could I Dow like thee, and make thy stream My grenl example, as it is my theme ! Though deep, yet...

The Evergreen, Nide 1

1840
...conceit. Speaking of the four sonorous and oft-praisec lines, also addressed to ' Father Thames,' 1 0 could I flow like thee, and make thy stream My great example, as ft is my theme ! Though deep, yet clear ; though gentle, yet not dull : Strong without raf e ; without...

The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

Samuel Johnson - 1840
...sometimes such as will not bear a rigorous inquiry. The four verses, which, since Dryden has tifnmended | t : O, could I flAw like theft, and make thy stream My great example, PS il is my theme ! Though deep,...

The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume 3, The Renaissance

George Alexander Kennedy, Glyn P. Norton, Hugh Barr Nisbet, Marshall Brown, Claude Julien Rawson, Alastair J. Minnis, Ian Richard Johnson, Rafey Habib, Christa Knellwolf, Raman Selden, A. Walton Litz, Louis Menand, Lawrence Rainey, Christopher Norris, Christa Knellwolf King - 1989 - 758 sivua
...explains John Denham's requirement, as he apostrophized the Thames, that form not obstruct thought: 'O could I flow like thee, and make thy stream / My great example, as it is my theme! / Though deep, yet clear, though gentle, yet not dull, / Strong without rage, without ore-flowing full.1 Depth with clarity,...
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Melodious Guile: Fictive Pattern in Poetic Language

John Hollander - 1988 - 262 sivua
...on in the seventeenth century, Sir John Denham, with neoclassical tact, would merely predicate ("O could I flow like thee! and make thy stream / My great example, as it is my theme") and safely rhyme with the name of a synecdoche, rather than more powerfully and Spenserianly punning...
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The Meaning of Literature

Timothy J. Reiss - 1992 - 395 sivua
...throughout the eighteenth century and into the nineteenth. In them he offered the Thames as a model: O could I flow like thee, and make thy stream My great example, as it is my theme! Though deep, yet clear, though gentle, yet not dull, Strong without rage, without ore-flowing full. (11. 189-92) The...
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The Gay]grey Moose: Essays on the Ecologies and Mythologies of Canadian ...

D. M. R. Bentley - 1992 - 328 sivua
...It is a question that recalls John Denham's "famous apostrophe"44 to the Thames in Cooper's Hill: O could I flow like thee, and make thy stream My great example, as it is my theme! Though deep, yet clear, though gentle, yet not dull, Strong without rage, without ore-flowing full.45 To make poetry...
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The Third Kind of Knowledge: Memoirs & Selected Writings

Robert Fitzgerald - 1993 - 279 sivua
...contemporaries, and in place of greater touchstones Dryden was fond of quoting Denham's lines on the Thames: O could I flow like thee, and make thy stream My great example, as it is my theme! Though deep, yet clear, though gentle, yet not dull, Strong without rage, without ore-flowing full. He was also fond...
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The Atlantic Monthly, Nide 73

1894
...January, 1893. the metaphor from the ship to the river, yon may quote Denham and say : — " Oh, oonld I flow like thee, and make thy stream MY great example as it is my theme ! Though deep, yet clear; though gentle, yet not dull ; Strong without rage, without o'erflowing full." Each generation...

Cultural Capital: The Problem of Literary Canon Formation

John Guillory, Professor John Guillory - 1993 - 392 sivua
...the Mersey emulates a "classic" tide, perhaps the following neoclassic locus classicus: O could I flo like thee, and make thy stream My great example, as it is my theme! Though deep, yet clear, though gentle, yet not dull Strong without rage, without oreflowing full. Denham reinscribes...
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