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" My descriptions are all from nature ; not one of them second-handed. My delineations of the heart are from my own experience ; not one of them borrowed from books, or in the least degree conjectural. "
The Critical Review, Or, Annals of Literature - Page 54
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The English Poets: Selections with Critical Introductions by ..., Volume 3

Matthew Arnold - 1881 - 626 pages
...implied, that Cowper is original if the word means anything. 'My descriptions,' he writes of The Task, ' are all from nature ; — not one of them second-handed....the least degree conjectural. In my numbers, which I varied as much as I could (for blank verse without variety of numbers is no better than bladder and...
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The English Poets: Selections with Critical Introductions, Volume 1

Thomas Humphry Ward - 1881 - 632 pages
...implied, that Cowper is original if the word means anything. ' My descriptions,' he writes of The Task,' are all from nature ;—not one of them second-handed....the least degree conjectural. In my numbers, which I varied as much as I could (for blank verse without varieLy of numbers is no Better than bladder and...
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Development of English Literature and Language

Alfred Hix Welsh - 1882 - 1108 pages
...imitate, in spite of ourselves, just ill the same proportion as we admire/ Again, referring to The Tusk: 'My descriptions are all from nature, not one of them...borrowed from books, or In the least degree conjectural.' Objects hitherto regarded with disdain or despair, were by him thought fit to be clothed in poetic...
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The poetical works of William Cowper [ed.] with prefatory notice by E. Hope

William Cowper - 1885 - 352 pages
...author. He said, in a letter to Mr. Unvvin — " My descriptions are all from nature ; not one of them is second-handed. My delineations of the heart are from...experience ; not one of them borrowed from books, or is in the least degree conjectural. In my numbers, which I varied as much as I could (for blank verse...
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The English Language: Its Grammar, History, and Literature: With Chapters on ...

John Miller Dow Meiklejohn - 1886 - 428 pages
...own feeling, and true to the object he is describing. " My descriptions," he writes of " The Task," " are all from nature ; not one of them second-handed....delineations of the heart are from my own experience." Everywhere in his poems we find a genuine love of nature ; humour and pathos in his description of...
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The English Language: Its Grammar, History, and Literature, with Chapters on ...

John Miller Dow Meiklejohn - 1887 - 414 pages
...own feeling, and true to the object he is describing. " My descriptions," he writes of " The Task," " are all from nature ; not one of them second-handed....delineations of the heart are from my own experience." Everywhere in his poems we find a genuine love of nature; humour and pathos in his description of persons;...
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The English Poets: Addison to Blake

Thomas Humphry Ward - 1889 - 634 pages
...implied, that Cowper is original if the word means anything. ' My descriptions,' he writes of The Task, 'are all from nature ; — not one of them second-handed....the least degree conjectural. In my numbers, which I varied as much as I could (for blank verse without variety of numbers is no better than bladder and...
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The Life of William Cowper

Thomas Wright - 1892 - 746 pages
...benevolence of Mr. Smith and others, were saved, only just in time. " My descriptions," says Cowper, " are all from nature — not one of them second-handed....the least degree conjectural. In my numbers, which I varied as much as I could (for blank verse without variety of numbers is no better than bladder and...
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The Life of William Cowper

Thomas Wright - 1892 - 742 pages
...others, were saved, only just in time. " My descriptions," says Cowper, " are all from nature—not one of them second-handed. My delineations of the...the least degree conjectural. In my numbers, which I varied as much as I could (for blank verse without variety of numbers is no better than bladder and...
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The English Poets: Selections with Critical Introductions

Thomas Humphry Ward - 1895 - 656 pages
...word means anything. ' My descriptions,' he writes of The Task, ' are all from nature ; — not or « of them second-handed. My delineations of the heart...the least degree conjectural. In my numbers, which I varied as much as I could (for blank verse without varieiy of numbers is no better than bladder and...
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