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Having ventured to lay these papers before the Public, the author dare not go further, in explanation or apology, than to express a hope that, whatever imperfections may be found in them, the candid reader will be more inclined to approve than condemn what he cannot but perceive has been done in good faith, and in honour of a noble art, which its advocate
“ loved, not wisely, but too well.”
That art he pretends not to teach, but merely to illustrate according to his views of its worth and influence.
Claiming the right of an author to borrow from himself, he has adopted a few brief passages, with necessary alterations, from the Introductory Essays to the Christian Psalmist and the Christian Poet, compiled by him for MR. COLLINS, of Glasgow. A few larger sections, but entirely new-modelled, have been taken from critical articles furnished by him to a respectable Review, between the years 1806 and 1815. The "Retrospect of Literature," and the “ View of Modern English Literature,”
were printed in the first volume of the 6 Metropolis tan," edited by Mr. CAMPBELL, after they had been delivered at the Royal INSTITUTION.
To the noble President, and the honourablo Managers of that Institution, as well as to the liberal-minded audiences before whom the whole series was delivered, it is but justice to add, distinctly, that they are in nowise responsible for any thing in these Lectures which was unworthy to be repeated before them. The author would disdain to shelter himself under their sanction from any censure which honest criticism can inflict
him, in cases where he may have abused their confidence. The Lectures have been anxiously revised, especially those parts which the limited time allowed for delivery required to be omitted on the spot, but which appeared to be more necessary for their intelligence when submitted to cool perusal, than when uttered before indulgent hearers with the living voice.
Sheffield, April 24, 1833.
THE PRE-EMINENCE OF POETRY AMONG THE FINE ARTE. apologue--The General Claims of Poetry to Pre-eminence
Poetry and Music-Poetry and Painting-Poetry and Sculpture- The Comparative Rewards of Professors of the Fine Arts—Poetry compared with Eloquence, History, and Phi. losophy-Permanence of Poetry
WHAT IS POETICAL.
Trutn a Test of Poetry—The Poetical in Objects of Sight-The Poetical in Sounds The Poetical of Place and Circumstance
- The Poetical Aspects of visible Nature—The Poetical in Childhood and Old Age .
THE FORM OF POETRY Verse and Prose-Characteristics of Prose and Verse-Jeremy
Taylor-Hebrew Poetry-Greek and Latin Prosody_Modern Metres and Forms of Verse–The Spenserian Stanza and the Sonnet
THE DICTION OF POETRY.
Alliterative English Verse-Rhymed Verse-Blank Verse Poetic Phraseology-Variety of_Style-Mr. Wordsworth's 'Theory of Poetic Diction-Dr. Darwin's Theory of Poetic
gyle -Poetic Licenses and Dialects-Scottish Verse-Capa bilities of Languages