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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Lives of the poets - Page 144
by Samuel Johnson - 1837
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The General Biographical Dictionary: Containing an Historical and ..., Volume 1

Alexander Chalmers - Biography - 1812
...; he is therefore sometimes verbose in his transitions and connections, and sometimes descends too much to the language of conversation ; yet if his...•he attempted, he performed ; he is never feeble, he did not wish to be energetic ; he is never rapid, and he never stagnates. His -sentences have neither...
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The life of Samuel Johnson

James Boswell - Hebrides (Scotland) - 1817
...the character of his style, as given hy Johnson himself : " What he attempted, lie performed ; he ie never feeble, and he did not wish to be energetic...studied amplitude, nor affected brevity : his periods, though not diligently rounded, are voluble and easy. Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, Ll. D.: Containing Lives of the poets

Samuel Johnson, Arthur Murphy - English literature - 1820
...he is thereV fore sometimes verbose in his transitions and connections, and sometimes descends too much to the language of conversation ; yet if his...studied amplitude, nor affected brevity ; his periods, though not diligently rounded, are voluble and easy. Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar...
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The works of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson - 1820
...; he is therefore sometimes verbose in his transitions and connections, and sometimes descends too much to the language of conversation ; yet if his...studied amplitude, nor affected brevity ; his periods, though not diligently rounded, are voluble and easy. Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar...
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Lessons in Elocution: Or, A Selection of Pieces, in Prose and Verse, for the ...

William Scott - Elocution - 1820 - 407 pages
...descends too much to the language of conversation ; yet, if his language had been less uliomatical. it might have lost somewhat of its genuine Anglicism....stagnates. His sentences have neither studied amplitude nor afiected brevity ; his periods, though not diligently rounded, are voluble and easy. Whoever wishes...
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Lessons in Elocution: Or, A Selection of Pieces, in Prose and Verse, for the ...

William Scott, John Walker, James Burgh - Elocution - 1820 - 407 pages
...andsomelimesdcscendstoomuch to the language ofconversation ; yet, if his language had been less idiomalical, it might have lost somewhat of its genuine Anglicism....stagnates. His sentences have neither studied amplitude noraffected brevity ; his periods, though not diligently rounded, are voluble and easy. Whoever wishes...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

Samuel Johnson, Arthur Murphy - 1820
...diction ; he is therefore sometimes verbose in his transitions and connexions, and sometimes descends too much to the language of conversation ; yet if his...performed ; he is never feeble, and he did not wish to be energetick ; he is never rapid, and he never stagnates. His sentences have neither studied amplitude,...
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Lessons in Elocution: Or, A Selection of Pieces, in Prose and Verse, for the ...

William Scott - Elocution - 1819 - 360 pages
...; he is therefore sometimes verbose in his transitions and connections, and sometimes descends too much to the language of conversation ; yet, if his...performed ; he is never feeble, and he did not wish to 6e energetic ; he is never rapid, and he neyer stagnates. His sentences have neither studied amplitude...
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The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets: With Critical ..., Volume 2

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1821
...diction ; he is therefore sometimes verbose in his transitions and connexions, and sometimes descends too much to the language of conversation ; yet if his...performed ; he is never feeble, and he did not wish to be energetick ; he is never rapid, and he never stagnates. His sentences have neither studied amplitude,...
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The North American Review, Volume 79

Jared Sparks, Edward Everett, James Russell Lowell, Henry Cabot Lodge - American fiction - 1854
...Addison declared that Tillotson was his model. The description of Johnson is characteristic and just : " He is never feeble, and he did not wish to be energetic;...studied amplitude nor affected brevity ; his periods, though not diligently rounded, are voluble and easy." It is, however, the colloquial tone, fusing these...
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