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" Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according to the determination of the will. A man cannot say, " I will compose poetry". The greatest poet even cannot say it; for the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence,... "
The National Review - Page 369
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A Defense of Poetry

Percy Bysshe Shelley - Poetry - 1891 - 86 pages
...from those eternal regions where the owl-winged faculty of calculation dare not ever soar ? Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be/ exerted according to the determination of tha will. A man cannot say, " I will compose poetry.."! I The_grgatest_p_oetjeven cannot^ say it; for...
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The New World: A Quarterly Review of Religion, Ethics and ..., Volume 1, Issue 1

Religion - 1892
...but the poet would proceed to disregard it by setting aside all its requisitions. Shelley says that a man cannot say, " ' I will compose poetry.' The...for the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness ; this power arises...
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The Prelude to Poetry: The English Poets in the Defence and Praise of Their ...

Ernest Rhys - English poetry - 1897 - 217 pages
...fire from those eternal regions where the owl-winged faculty of calculation dare not ever soar? Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according...for the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness ; this power arises...
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English Men of Letters: Byron, by John Nichol, 1894; Shelley, by John ...

1894
...from those eternal regions where the owl-winged faculty of calculation dare not ever soar ? Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according...poetry." The greatest poet even cannot say it; for the 1 See Letter to Oilier, Jan. 20, 1820, Shelley Memorials, p. 135. mind in creation ia as a fading coal,...
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English Literary Criticism

Charles Edwyn Vaughan - Criticism - 1896 - 219 pages
...fire from those eternal regions where the owl-winged faculty of calculation dare not ever soar? Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according...for the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness; this power arises...
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Biographical and Critical Studies

James Thomson - English literature - 1896 - 483 pages
...from those eternal regions where the owl-winged faculty of calculation dare not ever soar ? Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according...for the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness; this power arises...
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Biographical and Critical Studies

James Thomson - English literature - 1896 - 483 pages
...from those eternal regions where the owl-winged faculty of calculation dare not ever soar ? Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according...for the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness ; this power arises...
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Studies in English Literature: Being Typical Selections of British and ...

William Swinton - English literature - 1897 - 638 pages
...from those eternal regions where the owl-winged faculty of calculation dare not ever soar ? Poetry is not, like reasoning, a power to be exerted according...The greatest poet even cannot say it; for the mind in5o creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens...
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Book and Heart: Essays on Literature and Life

Thomas Wentworth Higginson - Literature - 1897 - 237 pages
...but the poet would proceed to disregard it by setting aside all its requisitions. Shelley says that a man cannot say, " ' I will compose poetry.' The...for the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness; this power arises...
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A History of English Literature: By F.V.N. Painter

Franklin Verzelius Newton Painter - English literature - 1899 - 697 pages
...necessity of special inspiration. In his prose work " Defence of Poetry," written in 1820, he says: "Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according...for the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness ; this power arises...
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