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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,... "
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English Essays from Sir Philip Sidney Macaulay

Charles W. Eliot - English essays - 1910 - 421 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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1785-1824

Charles Wells Moulton - American literature - 1910
...living. — WEBSTER, DANIEL, 1820, Discourse Delivered at Plymouth on the 22nd of December. Poetry most some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness; this power arises...
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An Anthology of Modern English Prose (1741 to 1892)

Annie Barnett, Lucy Dale - English literature - 1911 - 450 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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The Making of Poetry: A Critical Study of Its Nature and Value

Arthur H. R. Fairchild - Poetry - 1912 - 263 pages
...Goethe, "that no thinking will bring such thoughts; we must be made right by nature." And Shelley says: "A man cannot say, 'I will compose poetry.' The greatest poet even cannot say it; for . . . poetry . . . differs in this respect from logic, that it is not subject to the control of the...
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Joyous Gard

Arthur Christopher Benson - Bookbinding - 1913 - 267 pages
...passage in Shelley's Defence of Poetry. He says: " A man cannot say, 'I will compose poetry'—the greatest poet even cannot say it; for the mind in creation is like a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakes to transitory brightness....
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A Treasury of English Prose

Logan Pearsall Smith - English prose literature - 1920 - 237 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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A Study of Poetry

Bliss Perry - Poetry - 1920 - 396 pages
...of images seems to take place without the volition of the poet. The hypnotic trance, the 1 " Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according...will. A man cannot say, ' I will compose poetry.' ... It is not subject to the control of the active powers of the mind. ... Its birth and recurrence...
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Critical Essays of the Early Nineteenth Century

Raymond Macdonald Alden - Criticism - 1921 - 410 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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Peacock's Four Ages of Poetry ; Shelley's Defence of Poetry ; Browning's ...

Thomas Love Peacock - Liturgy and poetry - 1921 - 112 pages
...from those eternal re^ gions 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 wind7~awakens to transitory brightness : this power arises...
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Peacock's Four Ages of Poetry: Shelley's Defence of Poetry, Browning's Essay ...

Thomas Love Peacock - English poetry - 1921 - 112 pages
...from those eternaKregions where the owl-wirTged faculty Of calcuration 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 jftiflrcat"vn 's qg -° fading rnal, whirVi snrr^e invisible, jnfllipnr«^ IjVp nn-4ttconsfanT "wind,...
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