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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 Little Book of English Prose

Annie Barnett - English prose literature - 1900 - 335 pages
...fire from those eternal regions where the owlwinged 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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Dante and Giovanni Del Virgilio: Including a Critical Edition of the Text of ...

Dante Alighieri, Edmund G. Gardner - 1902 - 340 pages
...with such intense toil. The combination is of course by no means unique. Shelley declared : " 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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Introduction to Poetry: Poetic Expression, Poetic Truth - the Progress of Poetry

Laurie Magnus - English language - 1902 - 174 pages
...natural wit, and a Poeticall nature in chiefe." And, lastly, as Shelley, himself a great poet, wrote, " A man cannot say, ' I will compose poetry." The greatest...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 Reader's History of American Literature

Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton - American literature - 1903 - 327 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 Reader's History of American Literature

Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton - American literature - 1903 - 327 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 Defence of Poetry

Percy Bysshe Shelley - Poetry - 1904 - 90 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...say, "I will compose poetry." The greatest poet even can not say it; for the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like...
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The Art and Craft of the Author: Practical Hints Upon Literary Work

C. E. Heisch - Authorship - 1905 - 123 pages
...essay on "The Defence of Poetry," he has the following remarkable passage :— " Poetry," he says, " 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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Specimens of Modern English Literary Criticism

William Tenney Brewster - English literature - 1907 - 379 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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Proceedings at the ... Annual Meeting of the ..., Volume 40, Parts 1907-1914

Free Religious Association (Boston, Mass.). Meeting - Religion - 1907
...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...the mind " in creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence, "like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness ; "this power...
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Estimations in Criticism, Volume 1

Walter Bagehot - English literature - 1908
...quivered with the ' harmonious madness ' of imaginative concentration. ' Poetry,' he himself tells us,1 ' 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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