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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 British Poets: Including Translations ...

British poets - English poetry - 1822
...diction ; he is therefore sometimes verbose in his transitions and connexions, 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 life of Samuel Johnson: comprehending an account of his studies and ...

James Boswell - Authors, English - 1822
...call it positively feeble. Let us remember the character of his style, as given byJohnson himself: " What he attempted, he performed; he is never feeble,...studied amplitude, nor affected brevity ; his periods, though not diligently rounded, are voluble and easy.1 Whoever wishes to attain an English 1 [When Johnson...
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The life of Samuel Johnson. [With] The principal corrections and additions ...

James Boswell - 1822
...call it positively feeble. Let us remember the character of his style, as given by Johnson himself: " What he attempted, he performed; he is never feeble,...His sentences have neither studied amplitude, nor afiected brevity ; his periods, though not diligently rounded, are voluble and easy.i Whoever wishes...
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Lessons in Elocution: Or, a Selection of Pieces in Prose and Verse for the ...

William Scott - Elocution - 1823 - 372 pages
...connexions, and sometimes descends too much to the language of conversation ; yet, if his language bad been less Idiomatical, it might have lost somewhat...studied amplitude nor affected brevity ; his periods, though notdiligently rounded, are voluble and easy. Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar...
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The Enquirer

William Godwin - Conduct of life - 1823 - 411 pages
...of a pedant. His style is commended by Johnson in the following terms. " [He] 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; hi' is never rapid, and he never stagnates. His sentences have neither studied amplitude,...
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The lives of the English poets

Samuel Johnson - Authors, English - 1823
...; 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 be energetick * ; he is never rapid, and he never stagnates. His sentences have neither studied amplitude,...
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The works of Samuel Johnson: LL.D. A new edition in twelve volumes. With an ...

Samuel Johnson, Alexander Chalmers, Arthur Murphy - 1823
...transitions and connections, and sometimes descends too much to the language of conversation ;(jet if his language had been less idiomatical, it might...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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Microcosm. General index

Lionel Thomas Berguer - English essays - 1823
...idiomatical (this is his adoption of vulgar phrase) it would have lost something of its genuine Anglicism. 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. Whoever wishes to attain an English Style, must...
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Examples of English Prose: From the Reign of Elizabeth to the Present Time ...

George Walker - English prose literature - 1825 - 615 pages
...diction ; he is therefore sometimes verbose in his transitions and connexions, 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, LL.D.: with Murphy's essay, Volume 3

Samuel Johnson, Arthur Murphy - 1825
...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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